It has been a few weeks since Chile's Copa América win led to all sorts of rumours linking one of the country's most important players, midfielder Charles Aránguiz, to a number of European teams including Chelsea. We even did a report on him at a time when many outlets claimed he was only a few steps away from Stamford Bridge. But in rather typical Silly Season fashion*, it looks like this transfer is not meant to be. Not to Chelsea anyway.
According to Internacional's coach Diego Aguirre, Aránguiz will not be available for their next game in the Brazilian League to solve "personal issues." He also said to the press that "there is the possibility" that Aránguiz might be indeed on his last days in his current club.
Recently, the links between Chelsea and Charles Aránguiz have died down while reports from Germany have picked up, indicating that the player could be moving to Bayer Leverkusen -- the same move that his compatriot Arturo Vidal made when he moved from South America to Europe in 2007.
While Charles Aránguiz would most certainly be a starting midfielder for Leverkusen, he would have a lot of problems making the same kind of impact for Chelsea. So, for someone of his age who is making his first foray into European football, a move to Germany makes a lot more of sense.
*The "reports from South America" mentioned in that article were simply non-existent. Welcome to Silly Season, I guess?