Poor old Chelsea, nobody seems to want to play for them. Kaka is staying put at Milan, Torres likewise at Liverpool and Ribery doesn’t want to leave Munich in a hurry. Time to scribble out the top names on the list and work on the secondary targets, which appear to include Robinho.
The Times reports that Luiz Felipe Scolari likes the look of the Real Madrid forward, who could be surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu next season, especially if Cristiano Ronaldo is plying his trade there. Could we see some Brazilian flair at Stamford Bridge even if Kaka’s a lost cause?
According to reports in As, the Madrid-based sports newspaper, Scolari has discussed the potential move with Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner, and Frank Arnesen, the club’s chief scout and director of youth development. Scolari believes that Robinho could provide the flair that Abramovich wants in the team. The Brazilian cost Real £16.5 million when he moved from Santos three years ago. He is unhappy with his £30,000-a-week wages – tax free – at the Bernabéu Stadium but could cost Chelsea up to €45 million (about £36 million).
There’s no doubting that Robinho is ultra-skilful and would be a crowd-pleaser at Chelsea. However, with Drogba reportedly wanting out and the Blues lining up the likes of the Brazilian, would the Blues be in danger of turning into a Portugal, ie plenty of skilful midfielders but lack of firepower?