Date:Saturday June 21 2014
It's probably not unprecedented, but Chelsea keep getting linked this off-season on end with a plethora of stars, mostly of the Latino and Spanish-speaking stock.
It isn't surprising then that reports from Spain now say Chelsea want to add Chilean hotshot Alexis Sanchez to their impressive galaxy of stars at Stamford Bridge.
The reports claim that since Sanchez's relationship with Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi is irreparably damaged — owing to a spat where Messi refused to celebrate with teammates when Sanchez scored a brace in a La Liga match last term — the 25-year-old former Udinese striker wants out, with the Premier League his preferred destination.
Barcelona, who reportedly now see him as surplus to requirements under new boss and former captain Luis Enrique, have wasted no time in putting a price-tag of £27m on the forward who is comfortable playing alone as a centre forward, wide or just behind the main striker — in other words, possesses balling qualities and technical attributes not dissimilar to those of one Luis Suarez and can work in tight spaces across the attacking third with a dangerous unforgiving eye for a goal — and Liverpool are said to be top of the pile of suitors for his signature having already tabled a bid of £20m which was rejected.
Man United, Juventus, Man City and Arsenal are the other clubs also mentioned, and with his world class statistics and exploits in the ongoing World Cup I'll be amazed if the Chelsea board don't step up the mooted interest in a player who at 25, falls perfectly in line with our youthful recruitment policy thereby ticking all the boxes.
With Diego Costa, also 25, all but certain to arrive Stamford Bridge in the coming days in a £32m move from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, amidst the dire need of more than one prolific striker who knows where the back of the net is at Chelsea, Vital Chelsea asks the twenty-seven million pound question, why not Alexis Sanchez too?
Surely, if Chelsea flop Fernando Torres was worth £50m in 2011 then Costa and Sanchez for £59m in 2014 must be good business, no?
Chelsea fans, does the thought of Sanchez teamming up with the Hazards and the Oscars boil your potatoes?
Date:Saturday June 21 2014
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