The transfer window is opening shortly and many other clubs seem to be in a frenzy of buying/selling already. AS Monaco have already spent 140M on 5 players before the window even opened. One of them being our long term transfer target Radamel Falcao. In the premier league, Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and United are on their tracks in negotiating with their possible targets too. We seem to be on the back seat in this which is quite acceptable as we have not confirmed our manager yet and are unsure of his plans for the season. Here's my opinion on what we should do in the window and where we can build on to being competitive enough to win the title and also set us up for the future:
Barcelona are very desperate sign David Luiz and it is more than evident why they would want him from his performances this season. Luiz has improved a lot in this Rafa campaign and touted to be the next Blues' captain by John Terry. Around three bids have been made by Barcelona and what bothers me is that Luiz doesnt not completely deny interest in the move. In a recent interview he has said:
My objective is to be happy and this is possible by playing in a team that controls the ball. Barcelona is the team that plays the best football in the last few years.
I know Barca are interested in my services, but I do not have any news.
Although they're probably translated from Portuguese and might not be entirely accurate, it's quite scary that he might consider a move. He's become a good tackler, free kick and long shot taker and also more disciplined in his playing ways than before. Please don't sell him board!
2. Sign Schurrle
With the transfer in an almost complete status, we have to complete it first things first. Schurrle is proper winger who can play in place of Eden Hazard when needed and will be a direct upgrade on Victor Moses. The most important thing about him is his versatility of position. He can even cover up as ST when required.
3. Sign a striker
With Falcao gone to Monaco, and Lewandowski on his way to Bayern probably, looks like the only high profile option left for us is Edinson Cavani. Even his transfer seems to be quite far with Napoli's asking price being 63M. I would take Lewandowski any day considering his capability, age, price and wages. We cannot afford to buy an average striker and wait for him to settle and perform and risk the possibility of a fail. With a midfield like ours, it can be argued about the need of another striker as the goals are going to come from everywhere and Lukaku in line. Lukaku could do with another season of loan in a bigger premier league club in my opinion unless the manager thinks otherwise. A good striker in form and in his prime can create chances out of nothing and we can be sure not losing out kept down all game against strong opponents. Our other targets are rumored to be Rooney, Yilmaz, Ibrahimovic and Jovetic. Of all which Cavani's statistics are too good and he is a must sign if possible at a lower price tag.
4. Strengthen the DMF
We need to buy a box-to-box hardworking midfielder with good defensive contribution to partner in the pivot or we could promote Chalobah, Ake or McEachran giving them time on the field along with Mikel, Essien and Romeu. The lack of a proper DM partner to Mikel was the main reason our midfield was ripped by teams that play through the centre. If David Luiz is pushed forward to DMF permanently, we might not need a signing. It's a choice between good performances right away to building the future. Some of the possible targets to solve this problem are De Rossi, Paulinho, Fernandinho and Van Ginkel.
5. Buy a CB
With Luiz fluctuating between CB and DM, Terry struggling to play the offside trap against teams with fast strikers, we have only Cahill and Ivanovic who's recently made it to CB from RB to play centre backs. With Jeffrey Bruma who was on loan at Hamburg also being planned to be sold, we need a proper CB who has more than few years to give. Emenalo's scouting find, Kyriakos Papadopoulos can help solve this issue and be the one for the future.
The 21 year old Greek centre back who plays for FC Schalke 04 is rumored to be the next big thing in that position.
6. Sign Luke Shaw
|One for the future!|
We will need a another player for depth in that LB role with Cole being 32 and Bertrand showing few signs of stepping up only lately. Luke Shaw is a very good prospect, ardent fan of our club and only 17 years of age now. It would be easier to have him signed now before all the hype surrounds him. Since he has been advised not to choose Chelsea if he doesn't get a main XI role right away, he can be loaned back to Soton for another season or two.
All this done and with 'The Special One' in the dug out for us, I see us being an unstoppable force next season and there on.
Carefree and KTBFFH.