I for some reason thought that the contest was ending on June 12th rather than June 10th, and therefore never started on this posting until tonight. Hopefully this can still be included in the contest, but if not no big deal as it was so much fun!!! I still hope to get some feedback from the community.
Alright, here it goes:
My emphasis on recruitment will be to achieve squad balance between experienced and young promising players.
Players out (27 mil):
- Marin (6 mil)
- Torres (12 mil)
- Kakuta (4 mil)
- Bruma (5 mil)
Let me shed some light on Nando's transfer fee. I currently evaluate Torres to be worth about 18 million. Let's keep in mind that he is still a Spanish international, world cup holder, European golden boot, below the age of 30, and just completed a 20+ goals season. However he's reported to be on 175K/week at Stanford Bridge, and no reasonable club would offer him similar wages in the current market (bar Monaco maybe..). With the world cup around the corner, Nando will be desperate for frequent football. I would make it clear to him that he would only achieve such a thing by taking a pay cut and moving to a different club. I would threaten to bench him all season long if necessary. If Torres lowered his salary expectations to 125K/week, I would reduce his transfer value from 18 to 12 million, thereby subsidizing one year worth of his 125K/week salary.
I also toyed with the idea of selling Hutchinson, but the kid is Chelsea through and I would keep him around in some youth coaching capacity if his career came to a stop. As you can see, selling the 3 players mentioned above would increase my transfer budget from 100 to 127 million pounds.
Transfer budget: 127 million
Players in (110 million):
- Cavani (50 mil) - Our current squad lacks a world class striker. Top strikers win you games on their own, and Cavani has done it over and over for Napoli. His ability to combine with our attacking midfielders and his versatility upfront will guarantee goals.
- Fellaini (22mil) - His ability to play anywhere across our midfield will be a huge plus. He has recently stated that he sees himself playing either as a #6 or #8, and I see him playing a box to box role in a 433 formation, or in the pivot, should we stick with the current 4231 (Yes I used the "P" word so what???). There are cheaper alternatives out there but given his publicized release clause, 22 million is quite reasonable for a quality, proven and consistent performer in the EPL.
- Filipe Luis (10 mil) - Defensively sound and more than capable of delivering quality crosses into the area. He is currently Brazil's number 2 left back behind Marcelo, and I see him as a solid backup to Ashley Cole. He is 27 years old, which means his arrival would give more time to the likes of Bertrand and Van Aanholt to develop further, without spelling the end of their Chelsea career.
- Mamadou Sakho (8 mil) - Physically strong center back. He was a rising star at PSG and captained the club while still only a teen and until King Carlo's arrival, which suggests his leadership abilities. However he's had to play second fiddle to Alex who's been favored to play alongside Thiago Silva, given that they're both Brazilians and have better chemistry and communication. Sakho has one year left on his contract and could be a great addition to partner David Luiz in the center of defense.
- De Rossi (18 mil) - oozes class, experience, versatility. He is tactically intelligent, versatile as a midfielder and would provide the passing abilities from deep that we have been searching for so long. De Rossi should be worth more than 18 mil given that he is still on a long term contract and one of the Azzuris talisman, but having fallen out of favor with his coach and the club's hierarchy, they seem to be trying to offload him, and cut his high wages off their bill. He currently makes approximately 125K/week according to goal.com, but we could get 3 great years out of him, which would make it worth it. His experience and leadership would benefit our young midfielders such as Oscar, Mata, and De Bruyne. He could have a similar impact to players like Makelele and Ballack who both joined us under Mourinho, around the same point in their career.
- Ali Al-Habsi (2 mil) - The Wigan goalkeeper would be an improvement on both Hillario and Turnbul as Cech's backup. He would also be very inexpensive given that Wigan have been relegated.
- Michael Essien - Will increase depth in midfield
- Romelu Lukaku - Will contend as striker #2 behind Cavani, and pair up with him when we need to play 2 upfront
- Kevin de Bruyne - Will push for a starting CAM role
- Florent Malouda
- Paulo Ferrera
Players to send out on loan:
- Lucas Piazon - Preferably in the EPL i.e. Crystal Palace
- Thibaut Courtois - Maintain at Athletico
- Tomas Kalas - Loan to EPL club
- Wallace - Loan to Vitesse
- Thorgan Hazard - Loan to Anderlecht
- Patrick Van Aanhold - Loan to EPL club
- Chalobah - Loan to EPL club i.e. Crystal Palace
- Mc Eachran - Loan to EPL club
Goalkeepers: Cech, Al Habsi, Blackman
Defenders: Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Sakho, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Filipe Luis, Bertrand
Midfielders: Mikel, De Rossi, Lampard, Moses, Hazard, Mata, Oscar, De Bruyne, Essien, Fellaini
Forwards: Cavani, Lukaku, Ba
Youth (home grown) promotion: Ake, Loftus Cheek