Jose Mourinho recently made it clear that Chelsea are one player over the foreign-player quota, after Didier Drogba re-signed for the club on a free transfer.
The Special One will have to get rid of one of his foreign players, or leave them out of the team throughout the season.
Many thought the sale of Romelu Lukaku would solve this, but it doesn’t, as Lukaku is counted as a home-grown player.
There are three names which come to mind – some of which I am sure Chelsea fans will be happier to see go than others.
John Obi Mikel, who was touted to be the next big thing before arriving at Stamford Bridge, saw his playing time drastically reduced last season after the arrival of Nejamja Matic, and Cesc Fabregas will only add to his problems. However, nobody seems to want him.
Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois could also lose their place. The question of who will be Chelsea’s number one keeper next season is still unanswered, but it is unlikely that either will want to warm the bench.
And last, but definitely not least, Fernando Torres. It’s nothing more than depressing watching the club-record, £50million striker fail to put the ball into an empty net from 2-yards, and if his boyhood club, Atletico Madrid, are willing to pay £20million for him.. Well.
Despite the club being unable to take in any more foreign players, the papers are still continuing to link any player they can think of to the Blues.
Chelsea are apparently set to battle it out with Arsenal and Manchester United for William Carvalho, with the club holding out for the £37million release clause in the player’s contract.
If Mourinho is still thinking about strengthening, it’s hard to believe it will be in the midfield.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been named as the man Mourinho wants to replace Lukaku, despite the Gabon international only joining Borussia Dortmund last summer, and stating that he was happy at the club earlier in the window.
Uruguayan star, Edinson Cavani, is also being linked with every single Premier League club with the £40million needed to sign him, despite also stating earlier that he doesn’t want to leave Paris Saint-Germain. This one would surely leave Diego Costa unhappy, too?
If anywhere needs strengthening, it’s probably the back-line, following the departure of David Luiz.
Raphael Varane is still being continuously linked with the club, and I must admit (as a Chelsea fan, if that wasn’t clear) I want this one to go ahead.
Chelsea are also once again being linked with an Atletico Madrid player – this time centre-back, Joao Miranda. A bid in the region of £20million has REPORTEDLY been agreed, and at the age of 29, I’m sure he will prove to be well worth the price-tag.
Well, if Chelsea really are going to land all these players, they better get selling first.