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Worrying Transfer Activity For Chelsea?

Am I the only one really worried about the transfer market this summer?

Roman Abramovich is rumoured to finally be ready to spend some serious money again and it seems as if we can’t bloody persuade anyone to come – or anyone likely to have an impact anyway.

There’s Real Madrid shelling out £140million on two of the world’s best players already – and looking like signing David Villa as well.  Manchester United who already have a bloody good squad, having done some extremely astute business with a £68million profit on Ronaldo, will no doubt invest some of that to improve their squad even further with someone like Franck Ribery. And here’s us, previously linked to players like Kaka, Villa, Ribery, etc, and who do we actually look like signing? Andrea bloody Pirlo!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not slating Pirlo, he wouldn’t have been at Milan for the past 8 years or whatever it is if he was rubbish.  Realistically though, what exactly would he do for us? A large part of his success in the Milan midfield has come as a result of his partnership with Gennaro Gattuso, so I don’t get it really. For a start, who would he replace? And quite apart from anything else, do we really need another player over the age of 30 right now? Or worse still, 2 more over 30s if Ancelotti’s plan is to bring Gattuso in as well?

Of course, there’ll be a couple of our older players leaving because neither Deco nor Ricardo Carvalho particularly want to stay but shouldn’t we be replacing them with younger models? And that may well be Chelsea’s intention, with rumours suggesting we plan to offer 3 players from our over-30 list (Deco, Carvalho and Drogba) in exchange for Ibrahimovic. However, yet again it looks as if this is another target we won’t be hitting, with Inter preferring £60million in cash for the Swedish striker and Didier Drogba declaring his love for us all over again. Not that Mourinho won’t take Ricardo Carvalho, given the opportunity, and Deco’s publicly put his own arse up for sale by the look of it, but Inter are reported to be looking to offload their bad tempered Argentine defender Nicolas Burdisso and Brazilian left-back Maxwell in exchange. Not exactly what we had in mind is it?

And what about the younger Brazilian prospect on the other side of the San Siro? Well, despite Pato suggesting he’d be having a chat with his former manager before deciding his future, his current manager seems to be making it abundantly clear the 19-year old is going nowhere. So it looks as if he’s another one to chalk off the list and I won’t hold my breath about Aguero and Zhirkov either.

Anyone else worried?




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