Is Roman Abramovich mimicking Barcelona’s team-full-of-midfielders vision?
Chelsea are thought to be close to confirming the capture of two more summer signings and – would you believe it – both are attacking midfielders.
The Blues have already captured two players this summer who line up either behind a central striker or out wide, Marko Marin and Edin Hazard, to join a squad containing Juan Mata, Ramires, Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge, not to mention likely leavers Florent Malouda and Yossi Benayoun.
However, it appears that Roman Abramovich and Roberto Di Matteo still aren’t satisfied with their options in that area and are going to continue chucking more into the mix.
The most high-profile and expensive investment on the current list of targets is Brazilian youngster Oscar, who Chelsea are rumoured to have agreed to pay Internacional £25 million for. The Olympics-bound 22-year-old allegedly went for a medical at the club on Wednesday.
Also due to arrive at Stamford Bridge in the next 48 hours according to reports in France is Thorgan Hazard, the younger brother of Eden and – according to the £32 million man – the more talented of the pair. The teenager has been learning his trade at Ligue 2 side Lens.
Remarkably, the attacking midfielder gathering might not stop there, as veteran Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has claimed that Chelsea recently had a £26 million offer for their Brazilian star Willian rejected, as the Ukrainian team want a figure similar to that paid for Hazard.
Speculation that the Champions League winners will move for Wigan’s Victor Moses isn’t fading either, with Di Matteo saying that: “It’s something that the clubs are discussing but at the moment he is a Wigan player. He had a good season last season; he is young and an interesting prospect.”
Chelsea are 5/1 to regain the Premier League title next season and 14/1 to retain the Champions League.