Thursday, February 4, 2010

Chelsea will buy the cup

Money cannot buy the EPL cup but honesty......

Roman Abramovich will authorise a £200 million summer transfer extravaganza to land the world's best young talent to refresh an aging squad.

Franck Ribery trains in the snow with Bayern

Franck Ribery and Sergio Aguero have long been Abramovich targets, and will be easier to prise from their respective clubs Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid after the World Cup finals.

Each player will cost £50 million in transfer fees, and a further £50 million for five-year contracts which will include big bonuses for success. The Chelsea owner will be happy with one or either, or indeed both of them.

Abramovich will be in South Africa for the World Cup to see if any new young talent emerges, and he will have his cheque book poised.

The club have one of the oldest average ages in the Premier League, perhaps even the oldest at times, and it is testimony to Carlo Ancelotti that his team are lasting the course much better than some thought possible.

Deals, though, will be put in place now that Chelsea's transfer ban has been lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The club have been cleared of any wrongdoing regarding the transfer of teenage Frenchman Gael Kakuta from Ligue 1 club Lens in July 2007, and there were fears that, although it was suspended for the January transfer window, the club would have a fight to be free for summer transactions.

Ancelotti convinced Abramovich that to bring in players in January might destabilise the squad rather than enhance it and that he could cope with losing four key players for the African Nations Cup, and he was proved right by winning all five games.

The Italian coach believes it is best to have the big name new recruits for a full pre-season to help them settle in. Aguero is the son-in-law of Argentine manager Diego Maradona, and Chelsea have been chasing him for nearly a year.

Ancelotti was impressed when he scored twice against Chelsea in the Champions League.

Ribery is another Chelsea target, but has often made it clear that Real Madrid is his first choice destination, but Chelsea are prepared to match the Spanish giants and even better any salary.

The Frenchman has only one year left on his Bayern contract, and although the German club are still pushing him for a new deal, if he fails to sign by the summer, then they will be forced to sell to the highest bidder, and that leaves just two, Real and Chelsea.

Chelsea have made little impact in the transfer market, but with Manchester City ready to bid big for anyone Chelsea might be keen on - and even some out of their range such as Fernando Torres - the west London club need their benefactor to make the biggest splash in the market since the very first day he arrived at the Bridge.

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