Saturday, 3 December 2011
Five possible January transfer targets?
Under-pressure manager Andre Villas-Boas has not ruled out bringing in some fresh legs to his side in the forthcoming January transfer window. With the Blues' 'veterans' struggling to keep up with the two high-flying teams from Manchester, and the poorest start to a campaign for over a decade, here are five potential transfer targets for Villas-Boas' side.
Gary Cahill - Estimated value £8m
The Bolton centre half is out of contract at The Reebok Stadium in the summer. This means a big move is on the cards for Cahill without a club having to fork out millions for the England international. He has played along side the Chelsea skipper and could work as a good replacement for Alex too.
Bruno Cortez - Estimated value £15m
The Brazilian 24-year-old left back has just broken into Mano Menezes’ international squad this season after a consistent campaign with Botafogo. Playing for one of the best footballing nations in the world will only see him improve and Ashley Cole is not getting any younger. Besides, cover is needed.
Josip Ilicic - Estimated value £21.5m
Palermo have asked for £21.5m pounds for their Slovenian playmaker in a bid to scare off some of the bigger clubs in Europe - Chelsea being one of them. The club insist he is not for sale and the player will only leave if a club pays his release clause - which is not so much of a problem in this day and age.
Emmanuel Frimpong - Estimated value £10m
Chelsea may even make a shock bid for Arsenal centre midfielder Frimpong to play alongside his fellow countryman Michael Essien - or even replace the injured Ghanian. The 19-year-old has burst on the scene at the Emirates, making way for Villas-Boas to note him as a possible target.
Luca Modric - Estimated value £40m
Last summer's drawn out 'on/off' saga resulted in Chelsea having more than one bid turned down by Spurs for the highly regarded Croatian. Far fetched? Daniel Levy is reluctant to sell Modric, but with Scott Parker and Rafael van der Vaart performing well for Spurs - a big money move may change his mind.