Analysing prospective Chelsea transfers

January is around the corner and with that the comes the rumor season, I mean, the transfer speculation period! Twitter is going haywire again with all the latest rumors surrounding the big clubs in Europe. Among those rumours includes a “Marco Reus to Chelsea” one. Having announced a healthy profit and a record turnover recently, Jose Mourinho would be out again to strengthen his already strong squad backed by ample financial resources at the club’s disposal.

Speculation has been rife in the transfer market that Chelsea have made Marco Reus a top “priority” signing and that Jose Mourinho will be going all guns blazing for the BVB man. A potential swap deal including the out-of-form Andre Schurrle is being talked out loudly. I’m here to analyse not just the rumor but also how Chelsea could yet again do top business in the transfer market, build up on an already impressive squad and still remain in the black ink when it comes to complying with the Financial Fair Play rules.

INS:

1) Marco Reus (20m)

The space is flooded with rumours of transfer of highly sought after BVB superstar. After seeing a the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski leave the Signal Iduna Park, Borrusia Dortmund are bound to see another one of their players leave. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Chelsea are deemed to be possible destinations for the 25-year-old. Real Madrid are said to have a first refusal on any deal. However, his move to Real seems improbable as Ancelotti already has a plethora of attacking options available to him and they seem in no requirement of the BVB forward. Barcelona with the transfer ban can be safely ruled out for the transfer. While Bayern would love to have Reus in their ranks, the growing tensions between BVB and Bayern over player deals can see them opt out of the deal. That leaves Chelsea in the pole position to sign the talented forward.

Chelsea also hold an upper hand in the deal as it can involve a swap deal with BVB which could see Andre Schurrle move to Germany. If that happens, it would mean a fantastic business for all parties involved.

Marco Reus could be joining Chelsea this summer.

Total Ins: 20m

OUTS:

1) Ramires (30m)

The Brazilian has seen his chances limited to just 4 starts this season. His early campaign has not been helped by the injuries either. The energetic midfielder has attracted the eye of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, who had made no effort to hide his praise for the capabilities of the Brazil international last summer. While Mourinho has made it clear that he won’t be selling Ramires, the Portuguese gaffer would certainly consider serious offers around the 30-32m mark. If Mourinho and Co. can get this sum for Brazil international, it would be a fantastic deal for Chelsea.

Ramires could reunite with Carlo Ancelotti

2) Andre Schurrle (20m)

Personally, I would hate to see the amiable German WC winning star leave Stamford Bridge. However, the winger has had an indifferent start to his second season at the Bridge. Having notched up a healthy 9 goals last season and making the world cup winning assist for Mario Gotze in Brazil this summer, huge things were expected of Schurrle this season.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen the German as we would have expected. Andre has been largely disappointing and wasteful in front of goal trying too hard, and often going missing in games. This has drawn him public criticism from Jose Mourinho who has expressed his displeasure in light of German’s below par performances. Schurrle remains a fan favorite at the Bridge, but as we have seen, Mourinho has no hesitation to sell a player if he doesn’t feel convinced of his role in the side, as was evident with the sales of Juan Mata and David Luiz.

Schurrle’s future depends heavily on how he performs in the cramped month of December where he’ll be getting ample opportunities in FA Cup and CoC. If he finds his scoring boots, He may well have extended his stay at the Bridge. Otherwise, anywhere in the region of 20m would be enough for Mourinho to approve his departure.

Andre Schurrle needs to find his scoring boots soon.

3) Mohammed Salah (10m)

Snuffed from under the noses of Liverpool, the Egyptian has found it hard to establish himself into the Chelsea first team. He was primarily bought in to inject pace into Chelsea wings at the end of games, the former Basel man has had a string of unimpressive and frustrating displays that have attracted the agony of not only the manager but also the fans. He has been as wasteful as Schurrle and given utterly dismal performances in the limited opportunities that he has been afforded. His career seems to be following that of Kevin de Bruyne and it might not be a surprise if Chelsea decide to cash on the pacy wingman. Anything above 10m should be enough to see him leave the Bridge after just one and a half season.

Mo Salah has yet to turn up for Chelsea

4) John Obi Mikel (13m)

Mikel has had an on off relationship with the Chelsea midfield over the years. He has put in outstanding performances in some while going unnoticed in others. However, he has been a synonymous name in the DM part of Chelsea side since being signed as a 19-year-old under controversial circumstances. He has played more than 300 games for Chelsea and won several medals with the club including the Champions League.

The signing of Nemanja Matic has proved to be a telling blow to the Nigerian who now finds himself more often than not being on the bench and used as a substitute in last minutes of the game to close out opposition attacks. He is obviously no longer a first choice at the club and at the age of 27, it might be a good time to move elsewhere. If Mourinho is offered a fee around 13m for the midfielder, it would be good deal for both the parties.

Mikel could leave Chelsea this summer.

Total Outs: 73m

Net Spend

73m-20m = 53m

An outstanding piece of business this, if Chelsea are able to pull off these transfers in the summer. By the looks of transfer dealings since Mourinho’s return, this estimation wouldn’t be far-fetched. Chelsea could well field an even better starting XI next season with these dealings.

Chelsea Starting XI next season
Chelsea Starting XI next season (click to expand)

The bench with this team would be

Remy, Willian, Schwarzer, Filipe Luis, Zouma, van Ginkel (if he return), and any of the academy players like Ake, Solanke, Baker, Brown, Christensen, Kalas, Bamford.

Now, wouldn’t that be a treat to watch!? Good times ahead for the blues.

Return of Jose Mourinho

Reinstated!
Reinstated!

As I was saying, if I have to choose a nickname for this period I will choose the Happy One

The Bridge faithful got the biggest gift in form of re-instatment of Jose Mourinho at the helm of Chelsea Football Club after the mutinous tenure of Spaniard Rafa Benitez. Surely Roman Abramovich has won fans back with his recent shopping for the club. The summer arrivals of Andre Shurrle from Bayer Leverkusen and that of young Marko van Ginkel from Vittese are certainly a cherry on the top of the delicious serving that this season is going to be.

It sends shivers running down my spine when I think of our team spearheaded by the most able manager in European football. The prospects certainly look promising. Yes, we did get a lot of quality last season after our Champions League glory in form of Eden Hazard and Oscar to name a few, but I was always skeptical of our chances at claiming silverware under Di Matteo. Of course he won us the Champions League, but with such massive restructuring at the club that saw Drogba among many others leave, we needed a strong head to manage and galvanize the new look Blues. Di Matteo was just not the man to do it. With in-statement of Rafa Benitez as interim manager, I saw a glimmer of hope. And this does not make me an unfaithful glory-hunter of the club. Rafa had done wonderfully at Anfield. And although I did not expect him to rejuvenate Torres of the old, as many originally thought why he was given the job in the first place, I expected him to give us a tactical advantage on the field. A strategy to which we could adhere.

A rather tumultous term
A rather tumultous term

Rafa did actually bring in his tactics, albeit it was entirely different. Which is partially the reason we could not win relatively easy and important games to boost our chances of second place finish and claim some other silverware, especially the FA Cup. Yes, we did well, but I just cannot think of us as the third placed team. That is Arsenal. We are Chelsea, the pride of London! And so, I wasn’t surprised when we ended the season with just one trophy, the Europa League, at the end of the season.

What Mourinho brings to the table is exactly what we need. He brings the confidence that every player should exude on the pitch. He brings the x-factor that is required to win the games. He brings us the feeling of being the best, the attitude, the feeling that we are the boss here. He brings in the players, the sense of togetherness, the sense of playing for the blue fabric on your torso. To play for the fans that support you through the good and the bad.

The bonding is already visible.
The bonding is already visible.

What Mourinho offers off the field is equally important. The ability to take on other managers head on, the classic Mourinho mind games. I think I am going to miss Fergie now 🙂 When Mou spoke eloquently about the Rooney situation, David Moyes couldn’t even get him. Mou had already released the arrow from his bow which probably had hit its intended target (read Rooney) even before Moyes realized. I found it absolutely hilarious when Moyes later commented that he would love to take on the Mourinho mind games, without realising it had already started. Coach Shahrukh Khan puts it like this in response to domineering attitude of his team’s senior most player in the movie Chak De India:

Har team me sirf ek hi gunda hota hai. Aur is team ka gunda, *pause* MAIN HU!

Loosely translated, it means “There is room for only one rowdy in any team. And in this team *pause* I am the rowdy one.”

The Happy One
The Happy One

And that is why, I say, Mourinho is probably our best signing. With players like Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Moses, Schurrle, de Bruyne, Lukaku, Ba Torres, Ginkel, Azpilicueta, the ones that are new, he will cover them in blue, Not for that ad campaign but like what Lampard, Terry and Cech have. The recently concluded Asia tour was a delight for the fans. The rampaging blues dominated the entire proceedings. Not only the old ones like Cech, Terry, but also the new guys Traore, Kalas, Ginkel, de Bruyne. And with all the Rooney saga, which I personally feel would truly make us a dominant force of the Premier League once again, I just cannot wait for the season to start!