Blues sign Argentine teenager–McCarthy, Anelka next?

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Chelsea has signed 18 year-old Argentine forward Franco Matias di Santo from Chilean first division side Audax Italiano and is eying Blackburn’s Benni McCarthy and Bolton’s Nicolas Anelka as further reinforcements for its depleted front line.

Di Santo will move to Stamford Bridge for GBP3.4 million when the transfer window opens next month, according to Sky Sports. McCarthy and Anelka, meanwhile, are at the top of Avram Grant’s Christmas wish list, according to the Guardian. The bidding for di Santo was reportedly intense, with Blues managing to beat out no fewer than nine Premiership clubs alone–including the three other Big Four teams.

Di Santo is a product of Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba, a local club side in Argentina’s Mendoza province. He switched to the Chilean club last year, where he has scored 13 goals in 35 starts. Di Santo has an Italian passport that allows him to circumvent working paper headaches once he joins the squad.

Now the question is, how long should Grant wait before starting the youngster? How badly are McCarthy and/or Anelka needed at Stamford Bridge? The West London side will be without key striker Didier Drogba until at least the end of January but does that warrant bringing on multiple veteran forwards?

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