Chelsea: The Transfer Market Story 2013 and beyond

By popular demand I've decided to redo my reply to another forum as a standalone article (though I've developed it some more) I hope you all find it useful.

Let me qualify everything I'm about to say (I'm going to write down a lot of names...that doesn't mean I want or expect us to sign all of them...I know this isn't Football Manager) with the fact that i expect no more than 2 senior team signings in January and probably no more than two youth signings...probably less in both categories.The same will probably be true (well it may be a bit busier) next summer, depending of course upon how well we go this season which is still really quite young.

The transfer market is very much an arms's an arms race we did very well in over the summer (Marko Marin, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Lamisha Musonda, Tika Musonda, Charly Musonda, George Brady, Cesar Azpilicueta, Victor Moses and Emir Dautović) the best signings of any club in Europe (save for perhaps PSG). To stay ahead in this arms race particularly with a number of other clubs ready to spend up big (Man City, PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Man Utd) we need to keep our foot on the accelerator, keep focusing on attracting the best talent to Stamford Bridge, keep strengthening our youth ranks and keep beating our rivals to the best prospects in England, Europe and the rest of the world. Here's a consideration of where we should look for signings.
GK: We look good here, I can't see a need at this point for any new keepers.

RB: Linked with Kyle Walker, Wallace from Fluminense (who we 40% own the contract of) and (occasionally) Sergio Ramos. With Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Todd Kane, Kenneth Omeruo, Joshua Debayo Temitayo-Olaoluwe Aina ( Josh Aina), Nortei Nortey and Samuel Bangura I struggle to see any real need for any right backs, Walker is good but unlikely to leave Spurs, Wallace would be a good addition from what I've seen of him, but we don't need him in January. Ramos is the interesting one here, he is Real Madrid in many ways, but Abramovich is a noted long term Ramos admirer and Ramos does seem unhappy at RM (this is from a RM rumours site "03 Oct 2012 18:19:50 hey ed, do you see Chelsea going in for Ramos in January or in the summer? thanks {Ed001's Note - personally I do think it is looking more and more likely, certainly I think Ramos will be on his way somewhere.}" - ). I'm not sure I believe he'll be leaving Madrid in January and even if he does I'm not sure I want him at Chelsea, but I don't think he can be 100& discounted.

CB: Concerns around the future of John Terry aside our central defence looks not too bad; David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Jeffrey Bruma, Emir Dautović, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tomas Kalas, Andreas Christensen, Jordan Houghton, Nathan Aké and Alex Davey. But there is always room for improvement, and central defence could see some additional strengthening to avoid Man Utd style injury crises. Ryan Shawcross has been mentioned above, he's dependable, young and English and a leader on the field, but he's also not necessarily the best option. Anderlecht and Senegalese star Cheikhou Kouyaté would be a fine buy, but there are also other impressive options out there, Basque trio Iñigo Martínez, Fernando Amorebieta and Jon Aurtenetxe (who can also play at left back) and in the youth ranks, long term Chilean-Polish target Igor Lichnovsky, Andrea Ranocchia, attacking Japanese centre back and Man Utd target Hideto Takahashi and Mexico youth star Antonio Briseno. Personally I'd eventually like to add Takahashi for Asian merchandising purposes, Lichinovsky as a rising star and Kouyaté as a mentor for Chalobah.

LB: We've got Ashley Cole (for now at least), Ryan Bertrand, Patrick van Anholt, Aziz Deen-Conteh and George Saville on the left, (and 40% of Ronan at Fluminense), we'll only need a new player should Cole move. If we need a new player it should be Luke Shaw from Southampton or Lucas Digne. If we need a more senior player then either Nacho Monreal, Yuto Nagatomo or Fabio Coentrão. In the youth squads they should be watching Real Madrid Castilla's Juan José Manresa or Barca youth star Alejandro Grimaldo to see if there's any contractual disputes we could exploit.

DM/CM: Two really important positions where we're weak atm. We have to rely on Oriol Romeu (who RDM won't use) in rotation with Jon Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard, while Oscar, Paulo Ferreira, Ryan Bertrand and perhaps David Luiz and Marko Marin if we're desperate can chip in, we're really lacking in the central/defensive midfield area (I thought we were a bit underdone with Michael Essien, Raul Meireles, Romeu and Mikel). There are heaps of central midfielders in the youth ranks (Lamisha Musonda, Tika Musonda, Charly Musonda, John Swift, Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Victorien Angban, Anjur Osmanovic and Isak Ssewankambo, which is good in some ways but a problem in others, but I digress) but no real defensive mids, save perhaps for Chalobah playing out of position.

Just on Defensive Midfielders read these articles, they really exposure the necessity of having plenty of good ones...
Defensive Midfielders essential for success;
Before I go on, an interesting article about defensive midfielders (well another one), I particularly like ‘the defensive midfield position evolved, incorporating both ‘destroyers' and ‘registas' or deep-lying playmakers.

A strong, modern regista requires many of the attributes previously described for a good libero: some defensive awareness, good reading of the game, a large range of passing and the ability to dictate play'; So who can fix this issue...I think these are some lads we could use, Moussa Sissoko, Etienne Capoue, David Alaba, Emre Can, Danilo Pereira, Yann M'Vila, Abdelaziz Barrada, Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Fernando from Porto, Marouane Fellaini, Paulinho, Adrien Rabiot-Provost and my favourite Arturo Vidal (assuming as i think is safe that Yaya Toure isn't available).

As for players who direct play around the park, central midfielders our youth ranks are stacked with them (Lamisha Musonda, Tika Musonda, Charly Musonda, John Swift, Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Victorien Angban, Anjur Osmanovic and Isak Ssewankambo and that's not mentioning Josh MacEachran, Kevin de Bruyne, Oscar and Ramires), but we could still use at least one more in the senior squad;

- Joao Moutinho

-Thiago Alcantara (doubtful to leave Barca unless the Spanish economy tanks further and the dodgy support the Catalan govt gives Barca becomes untenable, awesome prospect we've had our eyes on for years, played with Romeu at Barca)

-Yohan Cabaye (a star at Newcastle, not sure he'd be one at Chelsea, but he wouldn't embarrass himself either)

-Steven Defour (Porto problems again and he's not exactly lived up to his potential thus far, the fact he could still be considered shows how much potential he has, Belgian)

-Ander Herrera (one of the great Bilbao generation, had a poor Olympic campaign, poor man's Thiago Alcantara, but that still means he's great)

-Radja Nianggolan (serious talent, but probably better suited to Italy than England, I doubt some of the hype around him too, an option but well down my list)

-Sergi Roberto (young, but a huge talent, probably hard to draw him away from Barca)

-Ilkay Gündoğan (a rising German star but again I doubt some of the hype around him too, an option but well down my list)

-Fernando Lucas (Huge talk about this lad, Gremio's latest star prospect, I'd love to see him brought in he's one of my personal favourites, Inter and Roma are also after him)

-Leandro Paredes (the 'next Juan Roman Riquelme apparently, definitely a young star)

-Isco (we all know how good he is)

-Felipe Anderson (the 'Brazilian Luka Modric')

There are still lads who would improve our youth prospects in this field too though ; Dennis Praet, Moritz Leitner, Raphael Holzhauser, Iñigo Ruiz de Galarreta, Hannes van der Bruggen, Kevin Großkreutz, Ivan Perisic, Leonardo Bittencourt, Leon Goretzka, Lorenzo Crisetig, Sergi Samper, Fernando Quesada, Alen Halilovic, Julian Green and Umberto Carvalho dos Santos.

AM/LW/RW/SS: We're really strong here now. Save for one spot, the right wing where all we have is Victor Moses and a very likely to leave very soon Daniel Sturridge. Andre Andre Schürrle is who we really want, i'd only add one to the consideration; James Rodriguez. I would like to add Mario Götze somewhere as well but I'd struggle to find him a spot (ditto for Lucas Patinho, Antoine Griezmann and Paulo Henrique Ganso)

ST:SAF always tries to have 4 frontline strikers for Man U, in 2012-13 they were Rooney, Chicharito, Welbeck and Berbatov...five if you count Owen, aged 26, 24, 21, 31 and 32 respectively (you could potentially add Federico Macheda, 20 and maybe Ashley Young, 26 to that list)......and he has recently offloaded Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov, but he's also brought in Robin van Persie, Ángelo Henríquez, and has got Danny Welbeck to sign a new contract and Bebé back from loan, he's currently running Rooney, Chicharito, Welbeck, van Persie, Bebé, Macheda and Henríquez aged 26, 24, 21, 29, 22, 21 and 18 respectively. What's more next year (provided they're not sold of course) there'll be a new generation available out of Man U's youth teams; Joshua King, William Keane, Jesse Lingard, John Cofie and Gyliano van Velzen.

Torres (28) plus one or even two new strikers does not an effective strike force make, even with with the assortment of winger/attacking mid/(second-shadow-reserve-super sub) strikers that we're accumulating at present (I speak of course here of Hazard, de Bruyne, Marin, Oscar, Moses etc). Luckily, there are heaps of options here, Falcao and Neymar are obviously high on the list though. Others I'd look at include;

- Leandro Damião (kind of the point of this article really, we've established a good relationship with Internacional through the Oscar deal, he's strong, fast and a good goal poacher, read the Sabotage Times article for more)

- Andre Schürrle (is still a favourite but Bayer Leverkusen is likely to keep up their obstinance)

- Wilfred Bony (ah Vitesse, a club we can deal with he's good but he'd be at best Kalou's replacement...he could be good at that though)

- Seydou Doumbia (better than Wilfred Bony, at CSKA so a decent relationship, not quite as good as Vitesse, more expensive too, but scores heaps in Russia)

- Fernando Llorente (on his way out of Bilbao, would be a great foil for Torres, tall and effective, but linked heavily to Juventus and Arsenal)

- Lacina Traore (tall, powerful and a personal favourite, would be reasonably cheap too)

- Papiss Cisse (we could get him in January, and we know he's good)

- Edinson Cavani (awesome but would cost a bomb)

-Andreas Cornelius

-Nicklas Helenius

-Cyriac Gohi Bi Zoro Sede

-Michy Batshuayi

-Stevan Jovetic

- youth forwards who'd be nice to bring in; Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, Kalifa Coulibaly, Hervin Ongenda, Michy Batshuayi, Souleymane Coulibaly, Leandro Moura and Erick Torres

Now a look at some specific clubs with players that would be nice to have;

from Bayern Munich: A big fan of Bayern youth...we should look at these lads; Jérôme Boateng, David Alaba, Emre Can, Patrick Weihrauch, Alessandro Schöpf, Fabian Hürzeler, Kevin Friesenbichler, Oliver Markoutz, Julian Green and Pierre Emil Höjbjerg!

from Athletic Bilbao: Iker Muniain, Ander Herrera, Iñigo Ruiz de Galarreta, Fernando Llorente, Fernando Amorebieta and Jon Aurtenetxe.

from Inter Milan: Lorenzo Tassi, Daniel Bessa, Samuele Longo, Lorenzo Crisetig.

from Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos, Fábio Coentrão, Ángel Di María, Álvaro Morata, Jesé Rodríguez, Denis Cheryshev, Alejandro Fernández Iglesias 'Álex', Javier García-Noblejas Hernanz, José Rodríguez Martínez, Juan José Manresa and Francisco José Rodríguez Gaitán.

from Barca: Thiago Alcántara, Marc Bartra, Marc Muniesa, Gerard Deulofeu, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha Alcántara, Alejandro Grimaldo, Jean Marie Dongou, Miguel Ángel Sáinz Maza, Sandro Ramírez and Sergi Samper.

Continue the Belgian revolution: potential further additions to our Belgian revolution yet still...

- Steven Defour (Overshadowed by Joao Moutinho at Porto, but he's still got bags of potential and he was formerly often referred to as the 'Belgian Steven Gerrard')

- Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (a massive talent, the player our defensive/central midfield is crying out for)

- Radja Nainggolan (serious talent, but probably better suited to Italy than England, I doubt some of the hype around him too... )

- Thomas Meunier (another impressive young forward, tall and versatile)

- Maxime Lestienne (another winger on the Belgian star wing production line)

- Dennis Praet (an attacking midfielder who Anderlecht took from the Genk academy a couple of years ago. He's won prizes in various tournaments and is likened to Belgian legend Enzo Scifo in his style of play)

- Jordan Lukaku (Romelu's younger brother, a left-sided defender/midfielder who according to some will be a bigger star than his older brother)

- Zakaria Bakkali (Last year he was voted the best young player in the world, perhaps a bit much, but he is very good, currently at PSV Eindhoven)

- David Henen (a Man U and Chelsea target, Henen is big at 1.85m tall and is an all-round offensive player, good with both feet and able to play at either side of the flank but he is actually at his best as a striker)

- Benito Raman (an impressive young striker who has already played for a range of Belgian youth sides, and scored frequently)

- Hannes van der Bruggen (a real find, a player who can cover all positions in midfield and yet another player on whom there are big wraps)

- Massimo Bruno (showed his potential in Anderlecht's game last week to ensure their passage to the UCL group stage)

- Siebe Schrijvers (a player we must have imho, if Praet is the ‘next big thing', then Schrijvers is the one to follow him. He's only small but he's fast and is a natural goal scorer)

- Corentin Fiore (current Belgian U17 captain and a rock in defence)

- Michy Batshuayi (Batshuayi broke into the Standard first team last season and scored a few goals, he caught the eye of Barca, Chelsea and Liverpool, fast, strong and direct)

- Umberto Carvalho dos Santos (similar to Man U's Andreas Hoelgebaum Pereira, a Belgian-Brazilian midfield maestro)

- Leander Dendoncker

- Dieumerci Mbokani

- Cheikhou Kouyaté

- Fernando Canesin

- Daniel Opare

- Cyriac Gohi Bi Zoro Sede

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