As reported by a sneaky journalist (here:http://www.weaintgotnohistory.com/2013/3/25/4144828/roman-abramovich-arrested-chelsea-manager-saga) Roman Abramovich with the help of Dr. Nail Degtyarev was creating the perfect football manager,a clone of Jose Mourinho, Hank Ten Cate, Avram Grant, Andre Villas-Boas, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Rafa Benitez and Roberto di Matteo. Well now his education is over. And with the greatest football manager finally retiring, it seems to be the perfect time to bring in someone with potential to be even better. Only some legal work needs to be completed before the Cloned One is introduced as the Chelsea manager. As you guys were the first one to be informed about this process, it seems appropriate to make you the first ones to be informed about his initial plans as the Chelsea manager.
Here's the clone himself informing us about his plans for the upcoming transfer window:
This Chelsea side certainly has world class players and potential to be one of the best teams the world has ever seen.But they are a few gaps in the team that need to be filled. My main aim is to fill these gaps and continue the brilliant youth development taking place in this club. For this purpose I have been allotted £100 million by Mr. Abramovich. Now with this amount I intend to take the first steps to making Chelsea the best team in the world.
Firstly let's look at the current squad:
GK-Petr Cech is among the best in the world and should continue as the no.1. Courtois is one for the future and seems to be content on loan waiting for the opportunity to replace Cech. Turnbull and Hilario have both left the club and hence there is a problem of backup goalkeepers. The club also have Delac,Blackman and Walker as young goalkeeping prospects.
CB- David Luiz, although inconsistent, is one of the top centre backs in the world. John Terry is nowhere near his peak but is still a useful player to have in the squad. Cahill and Ivanovic are good as 3rd/4th choice centre backs. Kalas, Omeruo,Bruma andChristensen are the young prospects.
RB-Azpilicueta had an excellent 1st season at Chelsea and looks set to hold the RB spot for years to come. Ivanovic is a great player to have as the backup to Azpilicueta. In Kalas and Omeruo the club has 2 prospects who are good enough to contribute now but could be loaned to further polish their raw abilities. Todd Kane is one for the future.
LB-Ashley Cole isn't as good as he used to be but is still the best we can get for now. Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt are capable backups but don't really seem to be good enough to eventually replace Cole.
CM-Despite all the stick he gets, Mikel is a good player and would be one of the key players next season. Romeu appears to be a decent prospect and would be a good backup for Mikel. Lampard got a contract extension and would be another useful player. Ramires although not really good in the pivot but would be an important player due to his versatility. Chalobah,McEachran and Essien have completed their loan spells and could contribute if recalled. Oscar and de Bruyne also have the ability to drop deeper if need be and would probably do a good job as most advanced player in a midfield trio. Ake, Baker and Loftus-Cheek are the young prospects. `
AM/Wingers- Mata, Oscar and Hazard all had a good season and have established themselves as key Chelsea players. Moses is a decent backup to have. Kevin De Buryne had a brilliant season at Werder Bremen and would be a useful player if recalled. Marin had a terrible season and they are doubts about whether he is good enough for Chelsea. Kakuta, Piazon and Thorgan Hazard spent last season on loan and would need to be looked at.
ST- Torres and Ba are decent squad players but not good enough to be 1st choice for Chelsea. Lukaku showed in his loan spell at West Brom exactly why he is so highly rated and is easily the best ST currently at Chelsea. Feruz and Bamford are good prospects but are still far from contributing for the first team.
Players who would be recalled from their loans:
For me it was either Essien or Chalobah who would have returned to the club to provide depth in midfield. I believe it would be better for Chalobah to start regularly on loan than being a squad player at Chelsea. So it is the Bison who would be returning home. Last season he contributed at Real Madrid as a squad player and that is exactly what he would be doing at Chelsea.
And now to get you excited about his return
Kevin de Bruyne
He had a good season at struggling Werder Bremen.The interest from Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen is evidence that he is ready to contribute at the top level. The number of games played by Mata, Oscar and Hazard shows that there are enough games available to let him continue his development at Chelsea.
He has had two solid season at Vitesse and is ready to contribute for the Chelsea team at both RB and CB positions. In my opinion he is already pretty close to Ivanovic as a RB and hence should take his position in the squad as backup RB and emergency CB.
Now let's look at the players that would be headed out on loan:
He has had an excellent season under Zola at Watford and could easily contribute in the first team at Chelsea. But he wouldn't be the 1st choice and would face a lot of competition. So sending him on another loan, this time in the Premier league seems ideal for his development.
He is one of my favorite prospects at Chelsea and I would be utterly disappointed if he doesn't fulfill his potential. His loan to Middlesbrough was positive but he now needs to perform more consistently. He needs to play at a higher level and hence would be loaned to a premier league team or to a team in Bundesliga.
He has had two brilliant seasons at Atletico Madrid and is one of the best goalkeeping prospects. He is happy there and now Atletico would also be competing in the Champions League. So it appears best for all party involved to extend his loan spell.
There is no doubt that he is ready to contribute at Chelsea. But I believe that another season on loan would be more useful for his development. He still needs a lot of polishing and to me the ideal club seems to be Borussia Dortmund, provided Lewandowski leaves. Dortmund would prefer a permanent solution but I believe he is the best they can get and Klopp would love to have him even if that is on a temporary basis. Klopp seems like the perfect coach to help Lukaku fulfil his potential. He would also get to compete in Champions League and play against teams that would try to park the bus, which would be pretty useful for him.
He has had a turbulent time at Chelsea this season and their are lingering doubts about his abilities. I don't feel that he is good enough to be a future star at Chelsea but he can turn out to be a decent squad player. So loaning him back to Bundesliga seems the best option. Selling him right now wouldn't be a wise decision because he has had his worst season and his value right now is pretty low. Playing regular football would restore his value and Chelsea could then sell him at a higher price or use him as part of their squad.
Although he prefers to stay at Chelsea, I believe it would be better for him to spend the season on loan. Maybe Zola would like him to replace Chalobah.
He impressed in his short loan spells at Blackburn and should continue his season there to further his development.
He has all the raw ability needed to be a world class player and now he needs to be tried at a higher level to further polish his abilities. Loan to Bundesliga or Premier League seems ideal.
So here is the most fun part, the signings:
Burak Yilmaz (Value:£20 million)
With Lukaku heading out on loan, upgrade over Torres and Ba is needed. The most obvious choices were Falcao, Lewandowski and Cavani. I would have liked Falcao and Lewnadowski but they appear to be heading to Monaco and Munich respectively. I don't like the idea of spending £55mil on Cavani.So I decided to go with the player recommended by our very own Drogba. The Turkish international has been in fine goal scoring form for the last 2 seasons and doesn't look like stopping. His form in last season's Champions League acts as evidence that he can perform outside the Turkish League.He is going to turn 28 next month and hence doesn't appear to be a long term solution. But we have Lukau for that. And having a striker in his peak would be a good thing for Chelsea.
If this move doesn't materialize I'd be interested in pursuing Karim Benzema, Edin Dzeko or Leandro Damiao.
Ilkay Gundogan (Value:£30 million)
In CM Chelsea have numbers but lack quality. That is what Gundogan would bring to the table. He to me seems the perfect partner to Mikel. His work rate and passing abilities will help the team to control tempo, something the team has been unable to do in the last few years. Unable to control the tempo and hence losing from winning positions has been a regular feature in the past 2 seasons. Gundogan would be a huge help to stop this.
Dortmund seem to be losing Gotze and Lewandowski and would be reluctant to sell another one of their important players and aren't hard pressed fro cash. So convincing them would be a difficult task. But £30million seems a price that would be hard to turn down, we should also give them bonus of getting Lukaku on loan for the next season. But if it sill doesn't materialize we can look at Benat Etxebarria.
Thomas Sorensen (Value:£1 million)
He was a decent goalkeeper at Stoke, Aston Villa and Sunderland. Now he is the backup for Begovic at Stoke, who have also acquired Butland and Sorensen's time at Stoke seems over. He would be reliable enough to be the backup to Cech with Blackman being 3rd choice.
Luke Shaw (Value:£15 million)
Ashley Cole is nearing the end of his illustrious career. Chelsea need to plan for his future replacement. Luke Shaw is one of the best young LBs int he world and also has a liking for Chelsea. That is reason enough to buy him. The club would immediately loan him back to Southampton to develop further and become ready to replace Cole.
Scout Report: http://outsideoftheboot.com/2013/04/16/luke-shaw-scout-report/
Marquinhos (Value:£30 million)
Chelsea need to find a CB to partner David Luiz. Marquinhos seems the ideal choice. He has been brilliant since joining Roma and would complement Luiz well. Roma don't have any pressing need to sell their best prospect but £30mil would be hard for them to turn down.
If agreement can't be made with Roma moves could be made for Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Benedikt Howedes, Stefan de Vrij or Kurt Zouma.
Andre Schurrle (Value:£25 million)
The German international has had two good seasons at Bayer Leverkusen and seems ready for the next major move. Chelsea have been heavily linked with him and the move makes sense. He can be used in all the attacking positions and would be a key player for the squad. He would be one of top players on the wings and would be a good 3rd choice Striker.
Oliver Torres (Value:£10 million)
We were linked to the Spanish youngster and I am keen to complete his signing. He has the necessary abilities to become one of the top players and could turn out to be one of the finest players. Although it would be hard to convince Atletico to part ways with their brightest prospect but I believe it's worth trying. If this move can be completed the club would immediately loan him to an appropriate club.
Now to the players who would be leaving:
Branislav Ivanovic (Value:£18 million)
He is a good squad player but his market value is at it's highest and it's time Chelsea let him go. Kalas is ready to step up and take Ivanovic's position so it would make sense to cash in on him.We have had good memories with Ivanovic and he would be remembered fondly.
At least he finished his time here on a high note:
Fernando Torres (Value:£10 million)
Well he was never going to be worth what he paid for him but he could have become a decent stop-gap between Drogba and Lukaku but that ship also seems to have sailed. He can be a decent backup to have but paying £10 million annually to your 3rd choice Striker doesn't make sense. So Chelsea let him go for the maximum they can recover which wouldn't be more than £10 million.
Gael Kakuta (Value:£3 million)
Well he doesn't seem to be realizing his potential and seems to have found his level at Vitesse. He wishes to continue there or find another club of similar level is up to him.
Jeffrey Bruma (Value:£2 million)
Like Kakuta he has not realized his potential and is struggling to break into the Hamburg side. Don't see a future for him at Chelsea and it appears suitable for him to find a new home.
Jhon Pirez and Anjur Osmanovic don't seem good enough for Chelsea and would be released by the club.
CM:Mikel,Gundogan,Lampard,Ramires,Essien,Romeu(Kevin De Buryne),(Oscar)
The Cloned one would be available via this account to clarify your queries.