Ancelotti makes plans for a busy January.
The Ajax striker Luis Suarez has become one of Chelsea’s key targets in January when the club are preparing a spending spree that will see them through a potential transfer ban in the summer as punishment for the Gaël Kakuta affair.
Suarez, 22, a Uruguay international is rated at between £15m and £20m and is being talked about at the highest level by Chelsea. A number of English clubs have looked at him this season, including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but Chelsea are most prepared to take a risk on the player because they could be precluded from action in the summer.
The left-footed striker-winger, who has been the outstanding player in the Dutch Eredivisie this season, has been linked with a move away from Ajax in the summer. Chelsea, however, are discussing a strategy in which they make their major signings in January, with the Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero and Everton’s midfielder Jack Rodwell also among those they are looking at signing in January. (Independent)
Carlo Ancelotti must be pleased with his lot thus far as Chelsea boss and even after their defeat at Eastlands on the weekend they still find themselves sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League and comfortably qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League but apparently the Italian is still keen on investing in his already top notch squad and perhaps that is down in the main to the potential of the FIFA transfer ban, that is currently been suspended, being handed down on the west London club after this upcoming transfer window.
Sergio Aguero has been consistently linked with a move to the Blues and given the very poor season Atletico Madrid are having it seems fairly likely the Argentine will leave but whether that is for the Premier League is another matter. Given that Ancelotti’s main attacking options, Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, are both over 30 years of age a move for the young striker would make sense. Remember however that the La Liga club wants a fee in the region of £55m for the 21 year old.
A cheaper option may be Luis Suarez who can’t stop scoring in the Eredivisie and could be available for a third of Aguero, however goals scored in the sub standard Dutch league are hard to judge a player by and such a move for the Uruguayan could be a risk and personally I don’t see the Ajax man being good enough to ply his trade at Stamford Bridge.
Which brings us to Jack Rodwell, a fantastic prospect but one who seems likely to leave Goodison Park sooner or later, who is also interesting Manchester United. The England Under 21 international is a top notch midfielder in the making and again could help resolve long term issues given the aging players currently filling the central slots at Chelsea.