Chelsea To Seal Chanturia Deal?

Reports this weekend suggest that Frank Arnesen has once again been busy in the youth transfer market, with his attentions turned to Barcelona.

Chelsea are believed to have secured the services of Georgian forward Giorgi Chanturia, who spent last season on loan at the Catalan club from Vake Tblisi.

He was well considered at La Masia but, according to AirFutbol, he will move to London, having been unable to agree a future in Spain.

The story has been picked up by a number of other outlets but none of them carry the authority or prestige of a well-renowned source, so there’s understandably a little scepticism about things right now, but the story is out there.

After impressing for Barcelona during his loan spell, ‘Gio’ believed he was good enough to make the step up the junior ranks, but the club disagreed, and told him he was set to play for their Junior B club in 2010-11, the fourth level at the club.

Rather disgruntled, he clearly looked for alternatives, and in stepped Chelsea. The plan for the Under-21 international, who only turned 17 in March, is to step straight into Steve Holland’s reserve team, which, of course, is the club’s second level, and therefore considered a ‘better’ option than Barcelona offered.

The other side of the story is that his Georgian owners were demanding too much money, which Barcelona couldn’t afford (and let’s face it, they’re not exactly rolling in money right now), but perhaps Chelsea have been able to stump up the cash.

Whatever the situation, and there is unfortunately a lot of conjecture and a lack of certainty, Chanturia appears to be on his way to London.

So what are we getting?

A quick search on YouTube will give you an idea of the sort of player he is, and there’s a lot to admire. Almost entirely left-footed, his technical ability is remarkable, and he can play across the front line in a number of different roles.

He arrived in Spain as a winger but was lined up for the Junior B team as a striker and returned eleven goals last season, the second highest total in the team. There were often times where he lacked the maturity to play as part of a team and tried to rely on individual ability, but over the course of the season grew into the collective mentality and was a much better player for it.

Possessing excellent movement and the ability to play ‘between the lines’ and with his back to goal, he was a key performer in Catalonia last year and was generally considered as the second best player in the squad after Gerard Deulofeu, who was oustanding for Spain in May’s European Under-17 Championships.

Gio wasn’t at those finals, as Georgia fell short in qualifying, but his four goals in five matches were an indication of the talent which can be found within him. Equally, the red card picked up against Holland could reveal something of a short temper in the teenage prospect.

We’ll keep investigating this story as it develops, in the hope of bringing confirmation on whether Giorgi Chanturia will be a Chelsea player next season or not.

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  1. For Deco, the options are, Marek Hamsik, Alan Dzagoev or Mesut Ozil.

    Belletti and Ferreira need replacing. Neven Subotic and Juan Manuel Vargas are possible movers. Dani Alves can be signed for free in 2012. If Ashley wants to leave, let him, and we’ll need to consider Fabio Coentrao or Nacho Monreal to replace him.

    Srna would also be good, he’d bring some experience and skill to the right side, there’s also been a a bit of talk lately about Jorge Fucile of Porto, a Srna analog really. Word is also about that Frank Arnesen is chasing 17 year old Georgian forward Giorgi Chanturia touted as the new Ibra, he’s currently with Barca (keep stealing from Catalonia please Frank)

    For the third striker, Gervinho can play in that role, we can give greater roles for Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge too. Wouldn’t mind a run at signing Diego Perotti either.

    I’d still like to see some longer term plans for the right wing. There’s the young Shaktar Donetsk pair of Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa, one of the Barca youngsters, Gai Assulin, Jonathan dos Santos or Thaigo Alcantara, Gervinho…oh and Mesut Ozil. We could actually get a few of these guys over the next few seasons for a whole of midfield regeneration.

    For future strikers, there are several options, Moussa Dembele a highly talented and strong physical forward, who fits in well with our style of play. Though he is potentially outclassed by rising stars Romelu Lukaku and Lacina Traore any of those three would be good signings. Seydou Doumbia’s move to CSKA moves him into Abramovich’s orbit, Tomas Necid is already there. A big name (Pato, Aguero or Suarez) to be added at a later date. Neymar is possible in the winter.

    I’d still like to stiffen up our defensive midfield, with Anthony Annan or Jean Makoun now the best options. We need to do something between the sticks as well, I’m a Akinfeev fan but regardless of who it is we need a decent second keeper.

    We also need to find players from the parts of the world where we are not selling jerseys and put them in the squad so we can start selling Merchandise, as part of our strategy for self sufficiency. Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow) of Japan, Park Chu Young (Monaco), Lee Chung Yong (Bolton) and Ki Sung Yong (Celtic) of South Korea, Hao Junmin (Schalke) of China and Clint Dempsey (Fulham), are all options, and many of whom have shown at their recent hit outs in the World Cup, that they would be no weight to carry. Hamburg’s Son Heung-Min looked rather good, he’s probably not for this transfer period, but might be a good buy next time.

    I’d also like to see us heavily invest in young players who may not necessarily be first team next year, but soon. We need to sign Romelu Lukaku repeat NEED. I also like Uruguay’s Urreta,Ajax’s Christian Eriksen and Nicolas Lodeiro, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk’s Yevhen Konoplyanka, Swede’s Rasmus Jonsson and Rasmus Elm.

  2. After Scolari complained of a dearth of left-footed players at the club, we seem to have gone the other way completely with a majority of players left-footed below and within first team level.

    Cech, Cole, Zhirkov, Malouda, Sturridge, Matic, Kakuta, Gordon, Bertrand, Van Aanholt, McEachran, Loudon, Deen-Conteh, Tore… at least.

  3. If he does come and becomes a success at the Bridge, will we see a repeat performance along the lines of the current Fabregas saga hounding the gunners!

  4. I do hope Gio will have a great career in England.
    Im a MU fan but i still hope he will develop into a great footballer.
    carmatebebs gisurveb Chantur!!
    imedia chvens molodins gaamartleb!!

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