Ancelotti makes January transfer plans…just in case!
CHELSEA are considering an £18m move for Napoli’s attacking midfielder Marek Hamsik as they prepare for a spending spree that could top £30m in the January transfer window — potentially their final opportunity to invest in new players until the summer of 2011.
The club are currently banned from moving players either into or out of Stamford Bridge for two Fifa transfer windows after the world governing body found them guilty of inducing France Under-16 international Gael Kakuta to breach a contract with RC Lens. Chelsea have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the timing is such that they will almost certainly be able to sign players in January, though they face bans from further windows if their appeal fails.
Carlo Ancelotti, their manager, has identified a creative midfielder as a priority purchase. They are weighing up Hamsik, a 22-year-old Slovakia international. He is considered one of Serie A’s most dangerous midfielders, making his debut in Italy’s top division at 17 and joining Napoli for £5m in 2007. At 6ft, an unusually strong physical presence for a creative midfielder, Hamsik has been Napoli’s top scorer for the past two seasons and has already netted five times in eight games this term. (Times Online)
Its good to see Chelsea planning with a view to the ‘best case scenario’ in relation to their FIFA transfer ban and I do have a sneaky suspicion that the punishment will in the end be suspended or even perhaps totally rescinded, not because the west London club necessarily deserves to be ‘let off’ but because lets face it they are not the only club to have committed the act of ‘tapping up’ or offering inducements to young players. Perhaps this threat of a ban will be the last chance clubs will have to get their clubs in order so that when another side so flagrantly breaks the guidelines they will then not be able to claim they were not aware of the risks in doing so.
Onto the matter in hand, Mark Hamsik is a top notch player who has had a few very good seasons in Serie A with Napoli and this term has been in amongst the goals, netting five in the first eight matches, even though Walter Mazzarri’s side have struggled somewhat this term.
The 22 year old Slovakian international is a talented attacking midfielder who gets his fair share of goals and has excellent vision and a good footballing brain. The likes of Liverpool and Inter Milan have been said to be monitoring the former Brescia player for some time now. Carlo Ancelotti is obviously well versed in the talents of those plying their trade in Italy and would be wise to put in a well thought out bid should their ban indeed be lifted.