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Chelsea’s Brazilian signing set to ‘go down to the wire’

The time is rapidly running out for clubs to land new players before the transfer window slams shut, potentially leaving teams short in key areas for months on end before January arrives. Chelsea can’t exactly say that they’re short of quality in any department (apart from grace, respect and manners), although it’s clear that they’re desperate to seal the deal for this £23 million Real Madrid star.

It had appeared that a deal was in the bag after Peter Kenyon had flown to Spain to bagsy the forward, yet Sky Sports report that it’s still touch and go as to whether the Brazilian will be playing in blue this autumn. This big money transfers seem to be a complicated business and the Blues might still head into September without one of their main summer transfer targets.

Kenyon told Sky Sports News: “The Robinho one is continuing to rumble, we’re ever-confident that will get done, but I think we’ve always said it will go to the wire.

“We keep moving it along and we hope that he would be coming to join us at Chelsea.

“Scolari identified two targets when we appointed him as manager. One was Deco and the other was Robinho. Everyone has seen the impact that Deco has had on the Premier League.

“I think the squad is capable of competing without Robinho but with him will give us an added dimension.”

Too right, the squad can compete without Robinho, they made pretty short work of Portsmouth in the first match of the season and they have been installed as the bookmaker favourites even without the boy from Brazil. The question is, do Chelsea really need to make this signing when they already have such quality at their disposal? Won’t it just be something of a showbiz signing?

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