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Stamford Bridge owner means business!
Chelsea will step up attempts to add to their squad this week and reinforcements in defence and attack may comeahead of the collision with Manchester City in next Sunday’s Community Shield.
While interest is retained in the right-sided Porto striker Hulk, any deal for the Brazilian has been complicated by the payment that would be due to his third-party owner, leaving Wigan’s young forward Victor Moses a more likely arrival. The England Under-21 international, who has now committed to Nigeria, has already been the subject of bids from Chelsea this summer. While Wigan had hoped to secure around £10m for his services, a compromise deal nearer £8m is edging closer.
A proportion of that fee will be due to the player’s former club, Crystal Palace, but the 21-year-old’s arrival at Stamford Bridge will not deflect the European champions’ long-term interest in either Hulk or the Germany forward André Schürrle, who would cost around £25m to prise from Bayer Leverkusen. Roberto di Matteo has been encouraged by the pre-season performances of Sam Hutchinson and Paulo Ferreira but a new right-back will also be targeted after José Bosingwa’s departure in the summer, with Marseille’s Spanish defender César Azpilicueta a likely purchase.
Roman Abramovich means business. Having already spent over £60m to sign young trio Marko Marin, Eden Hazard and Oscar the Russian billionaire is now looking to bring in three more additions to further improve his Blues squad, who finished some 25 points off the Premier League summit last term.
Wigan Athletic winger Victor Moses is a constant target with earlier bids rejected by the Latics but this source believes Chelsea will step-up efforts and an increased bid is in the offing, a bid that Roberto Martinez and chairman Dave Whelan must think long and hard about.
Whilst clearly Moses offers the perennially relegation threated side a great deal of attacking quality there is a very good chance that if the Nigerian international is not allowed to move to Stamford Bridge, that his form may well suffer.
Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta appears to be the right-back replacement of choice for the West London club and some sources claim that a bid of £5m has already been made by Chelsea but it may take a better offer to convince the Ligue 1 side to sell.
The search for an adequate replacement for Didier Drogba will be an altogether more costly exercise. Hulk and Andre Schurrle have been named by this source as the likely ‘go-to guys’ for the Blues to consider but moves for the Brazilian have run for some weeks and arguably the German youngster is not ready to take the task on. This would leave Roberto Di Matteo having to rely heavily on Fernando Torres to finally live up to his billing.
Either way Chelsea’s squad will look dramatically different from last term and Abramovich will hope that the injection of youth and quality can propel his side into genuine Premier League title contenders.
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