Last week Premier League giants Arsenal rejected Brazilian international midfielder Mineiro after the 32-year-old failed to impress manager Arsene Wenger. But in football, as in life, one man’s loss is another man’s gain and Chelsea are using this ideology to the full.
The Blues have signed Mineiro on a free transfer in the wake of the club losing Michael Essien for virtually the entire season. Mineiro was released by Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin in the summer and the Brazilian international midfielder has been looking for a club ever since.
Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said about this latest Chelsea signing:
“Mineiro is a player I need because I lost Essien for six months and only John Mikel Obi is there for us. He won’t play this week but maybe after 10 days he will play.
“He needs to play in the reserve team and needs some time but that is good for me because he gives me some options.”
Chelsea have also been linked with the Ghanaian international Stephen Appiah, who is also a free agent at the moment. But maybe Chelsea won’t pursue that link as they have a certain Mineiro now.