Stamford Bridge manager hoping to make defensive signings.
After more defensive mistakes this weekend against Liverpool, the Chelsea boss Andre Villa-Boas is well aware that the defensive leaks need to be plugged urgently and this morning there are two prospects being talked in the rumour pages.
The first report in the Mirror says Chelsea are set to pay £7m for Bolton’s Gary Cahill in January, rather than wait to get him for free next summer. Bolton demanded £16m for Cahill last summer but with just 6 months left on his contract, Chelsea believe they will take the reduced offer this time around.
The other defender is the Uruguayan international Diego Godin, who only signed a five-year contract with Atletico Madrid at the beginning of last season. But Godin only cost £7m when Atletico bought him from Villarreal and it is believed that they will allow the 25 year-old to leave if any offers come in over £15m.
Andre Villas-Boas has not had the greatest starts to his Stamford Bridge mangerial reign and to a large extent this has been down to defensive frailties that did not appear so pronounced during Carlo Ancelotti’s term in charge of the Blues. John Terry has made uncharacteristic mistakes and whomever has been placed alongside him has done likewise.
Brazilians Alex and David Luiz have failed to instill much confidence at the back and as a result the West London side has conceded 17 goals in the first dozen games of the season, keeping just two clean sheets in the process. Serbian international Branislav Ivanovic has arguably been the most composed of those options available to Villas-Boas.
Gary Cahill has been consistently linked with a move away from the Reebok Stadium and with Bolton struggling this season the England international is even less likely to sign a new deal and therefore a good offer in January may be accepted by the Trotters, although clearly selling the defender may make their chances of staying up all the more difficult.
Diego Godin may be the more likely purchase although a deal for the Uruguayan would cost about twice that of Cahill. Roman Abramovich must be persuaded to bank roll his new boss having handed him over £65m in the summer.
The Atletico Madrid man moved to the Vicente Calderon last August after three consistent seasons at Villarreal and the powerfully built defender may well be a clever acquisition for the Premier League side to consider.