Andre Villas-Boas keen on bringing Anfield man to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly considering a move for Liverpool’s Raul Meireles as the new Blues boss continues to look to add more creativity to his Stamford Bridge midfield. The West London club have been attempting to lure Luka Modric away from Tottenham but Harry Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy are sticking by their guns and as a result the Portuguese boss is looking for alternatives.
Villa-Boas lost Meireles to Liverpool a month and a half into his tenure at FC Porto and the young Chelsea boss may be ready to make an offer for the 28 year old.
The Portuguese international had a solid first season at Anfield but is reportedly a player Kenny Dalglish may look to offload following the arrival of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing this summer. Meireles experienced a sharp upturn in form when the Scot took over from the beleaguered Roy Hodgson, the high spot in his season being his winner at Chelsea back in February.
Though Villas-Boas secured domestic and Europa League crowns without Meireles it is worth noting that the locally born player helped FC Porto to much success before he left Portugal, including four league titles.
Chelsea are looking to add more creative options to link midfield and attack and as well as being strongly linked with Modric, have also been apparently interested in Arsenal’s want-away star Samir Nasri and Palermo’s Javier Pastore, who is apparently a Paris Saint-Germain target.
Villas-Boas has a number of central midfield options with the exception of Frank Lampard and youngster Josh McEachran, he lacks a goal threat and flair player. The likes of Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Ramires are all very defensive minded, hence the new boss’s interest in investing some of Roman Abramovich’s millions in new additions.
Liverpool are unlikely to consider selling any of their players to a Premier League rival but that may not prevent Meireles being tempted by a move to a club that can offer him the Champions League football he grew accustomed to with Porto.