With the party season, coming to an end on New Year’s Eve, the one question everyone wakes up with on New Years’ Day as they scramble to get their newspaper and hurriedly turn to the sports page is, ‘Who will my club sign in the January Transfer window?’ If you are a Chelsea fan, chances are you have a goofy smile on your face as you read Chelsea’s announcement that will be willing to splurge as much as £40 million to spruce up their attack in January Transfer window. Chelsea who are precariously perched on top of the table midway through the season are desperate to shore up their attacking line up as they will be without the services of their African players Michael Essien, Solomon Kalou, and most importantly Didier Drogba who is in devastating form. He has scored 14 goals in his 18 outings for Chelsea. Drogba’s influence will be missed both on and off the pitch while he competes for the Ivory Coast in Angola, and it was the forward who had addressed the huddle at the final whistle on Monday.
“Drogba is not only a very good player, he’s a very good man,” Anceloti added. “Of course, we’ll miss something with him away. He scores goals for us, and he’s also a strong personality. We will have to do more than our best to make up for his absence.”
The Daily Express reported, that Chelsea were set to try and bring Valencia super-striker David Villa to Stamford Bridge. However, the talented Spanish striker won’t come cheap. The deal would cost the current league leaders some £40 million, with Villa set to net a whopping £10 million in wages every year, making him the highest paid player in premier league history.
The desperation to sign a world class striker can probably be explained by the suspension of the FIFA-imposed ban on Chelsea to sign any new players by the Court of Arbitration for Sport until a final decision is made in case of the south-west London club inducing Gaël Kakuta to breach his contract from the French club Lens. Chelsea have also been linked to Sergio Aguero and bizarrely to Italian world-cup winning footballer Luca Toni who has recently made a 6-month loan move to Italian club cub AS Roma ending the speculation of him coming to Stamford Bridge.
The thing to ponder however is not ‘Who will Chelsea sign?’ but whether Carlo Ancelotti be running naked as he had rhetorically announced he would if Chelsea were to buy any new players in the January transfer window (did I see you raise your left eyebrow!) or whether Roman Abramovich will buy a player just to see if Ancelotti is a man of his word and whether the Italian manager will be stripped of his managerial duties if Chelsea fail to win. What ever the case, Ancelotti better make sure he’s in good shape.
PS: In case, Chelsea aren’t signing players to protect us from the ghastly sight of a naked Carlo, may be Carlo will be nice enough to delegate to Chelsea’s favourite poster boy, Michael Ballack! (wink, wink)
Happy new year! 🙂 ktbffh