Jose Mourinho looks to capture the signing of German international Sami Khedira to bolster his midfield while the transfer saga involving Aston Villa striker Darren Bent continues as Fulham return with another bid.
Jose Mourinho turns to his former side
It is no secret that the returning Jose wants a midfielder to play the “Makelele role” and support his star studded attack line. With little confidence in the inconsistent John Obi Mikel or on the aging legs of Michael Essien, the Blues’ gaffer has turned his attention to a player who was crucial to his success back at his old workplace. Despite Chelsea’s Europa League success, their fans will be less than pleased of their league performance in which their fragility in the middle of the pitch was exposed. Former boss Rafa Benitez to his credit did what he could last season, using Mikel, Lampard and Ramires in turns to fortify the holding midfield role.
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has played a crucial role ever since he has donned the all white strip, acting as a medium through which attacks propagate and forming an effective shield in front of the back four. His ball playing ability has been vital to Real Madrid over the past two seasons. The German has a success rate of 72 % in making crucial tackles while his aerial domination gives him 57 % in winning duels. Moreover, an 81 % accuracy in his ball distribution will be a major asset to any side.
The hurdle in Chelsea’s way will be his price tag of 30 + million and the bigger one of Madrid’s unwillingness to let their star man leave.
Fulham Return with yet another offer
Aston Villa frontman , Darren Bent is a much wanted man this summer as English clubs Fulham and Newcastle battle to get him. With Newcastle finally making their first signing in the form of Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis, Fulham find themselves in pole position to get the signature of the England international provided they are ready to meet the demands of Aston Villa. The London side came out with their third bid for the striker of £4.75million this week but reports suggest this attempt of theirs will also fall on deaf ears. Villa are reportedly holding out for £6 Million for a player they paid £24 M two seasons back.
Fulham are in the market looking for a striker to support or act as a back-up to their lead man Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian scored 15 goals and notched up 3 assists last season while his strike partner and ex-Wigan man Hugo Rodallega failed to impress patrons at the Craven Cottage scoring only 3 goals and playing games mostly off the bench. The inclusion of Darren Bent will add much needed arsenal to Fulham attack and manager Martin Jol has singled out the Villa man to be that addition.
Liverpool hunt for a striker
The Anfield club are believed to be interested in Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa who scored 20 goals in the 2012-2013 season. Brendon Rodgers has already brought in a wealth of talent in defender Kolo Toure, attacking midfielders Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto and goal keeper Simon Mignolet. But the ongoing transfer saga of front man Luis Suarez is causing some concerns. The acquisition of Diego Costa will go a long way in easing some of those.
Costa will also be an important addition to the side even if Suarez does decide to stay at Mersyside. With Sturridge, Costa and Suarez, Liverpool should have an attack that matches their domestic rivals and help them challenge for a top four spot.
- Barcelona have been in the hunt for a center back this summer and with their bids for Thiago Silva and David Luiz not working out, they have turned their attention to Liverpool defender Daniel Agger.
- Schalke are looking at Stuttgart winger Ibrahima Traore.
- Arsenal attacker Gervinho looks to be close to a move to AS Roma.
- Sticking with the London side, Wenger looks back in for Swansea center back Ashley Willams.