It’s been a funny week already, and it’s still only Wednesday. With the World Cup thankfully over, silly season is now fully upon us.
A quick look at Newsnow for the past 24 hours see us linked with no less than ten players; Torres, Aguero, Kaka, Alves, Coentrao, Suarez, Pazzini, Balotelli, Annan, and Lukaku. There are more…
The scattergun approach in selecting our potential transfer targets currently seen in the media is indicative of only one thing. That they certainly DON’T know, who we may yet sign.
However, the majority of us seem to recongise a shift in the transfer policy at Chelsea in recent years, away from the big signings and large spending sprees, towards sensible signings and working towards a budget, whilst reducing the overall age and cost of the squad.
Therefore we can discount Chelsea taking a ‘Man City’ type approach to signings this season, or for the foreseeable future. That said, the break even plan and recent departures do give us more of an indication of those who may be leaving, than those coming in.
Belletti is reported to have gone today, with Deco not far behind him, add to this Ballack and Joey Cole, and we’re looking at a saving already in the region of £300,000 per week, or £15 million a season, on players past their prime.
Then there are rumours who else may be leaving, there’s Carvalho, Deco, Ash Cole, Drogba, Hilario, and any one of a number of ‘failed’ youngsters soon to be shipped out the door too.
Incoming transfers are a different story however, and the press love to speculate more on us splashing the cash, than saving it.
Ancelotti is playing the clubs hand perfectly, with sound-bites that have the journo’s rushing to file headline copy the moment he mentions a players name, to us however, this is classic misdirection, and they are falling for it hook line and sinker.
All of our recent transfers have been quick, and without fuss, with little in terms of media ‘exclusives’ days before the deals are announced.
So who are we going to sign? Sadly we don’t know, but nor do the main stream press either.
We’ll all just have to wait and see.