Stamford Bridge boss interested in want-away Stadium of Light goal machine.
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Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly considering making a move to sign Sunderland striker Darren Bent. The Stamford Bridge boss has been looking for new long term attacking options and the news that the prolific Stadium of Light marksman has put in a transfer request has been received with great interest by the Italian who is apparently a big admirer of the England international.
The 26 year old Cambridge born striker has been very consistent during his time at Sunderland, netting 36 goals in 63 starts and the fact that both Ancelotti’s first choice starters, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, are 32 and 31 years old respectively has left the Blues boss considering new additions, not least because youngster Daniel Sturridge is yet to make an impact at the club.
Sunderland are thought to want around £22m for Bent who cost the Black Cats £10 a year and a half ago, the north-east side may accept some of that fee in increments dependent on his success at a prospective new employer but will want most of the fee up front.
Given the consistent form Darren Bent has shown in recent seasons the fee would appear to be a very reasonable one. Last season he finished third in the top scorers list behind Drogba and Wayne Rooney but when you consider Bent’s goals came at a club who who finished in the bottom half of the table then perhaps his total of 24 goals is even more impressive.
Indeed if you look at the Bent’s overall record in the Premier League it is almost second to none in recent seasons. In five and a half seasons of top flight football he has netted a total of 81 goals from 158 starts and it is worth noting that two of those seasons were at struggling Charlton.
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