Saturday, 23 July 2011
Chelsea can challenge without big investment
Andre Villas-Boas has set out a vision of his own football utopia; how Chelsea will overhaul Manchester United without spending big this summer and by “paying respect to the valued squad that we have.” The new Chelsea manager has, however, been busy and used the opportunity to confirm that a €5m fee had been agreed for the promising Barcelona midfielder Oriol Romeu. But like goalkeeper Thibault Courtois, who is to be loaned to Atletico Madrid, Oriol is just 19, and other Chelsea targets - striker Romelu Lukaku and another Belgian, winger Kevin de Bruyne - are also young. United finished ahead in May and have spent heavily - Ashley Young, David De Gea and Phil Jones - but Villas-Boas remained unfazed. For now the manager is continuing with the assertion that he will evaluate what he has. He will not, as has been discussed at the club, quickly embark on radical surgery; while reminding everyone that £75m was spent in January with the acquisition of Fernando Torres and David Luiz.