Chelsea Club Focus – Blues to look to transfer market to rescue season

Chelsea are heading into the halfway point of the season 11 points behind table toppers Manchester City and Manchester United, having dropped points in all of their three previous matches. To maintain the club’s hopes of a title challenge manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen to strengthen his squad, and add to the impending arrival of Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill.

A central defender was top of Villas-Boas’ transfer wish list, and as Cahill is set to fill that void in the squad it is thought that his next target is a striker. One player that is attracting the interest of the Portuguese boss is Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain, with The Times publishing that: “Andre Villas-Boas has instructed intermediaries to sound out representatives of Gonzalo Higuain to establish if the Real Madrid striker would consider moving to Stamford Bridge.”

The Argentine has fallen below Karim Benzema in the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu and is believed to be getting increasingly frustrated at the lack of first team football opportunities for Jose Mourinho’s side. Despite having made only 7 league starts so far this season, Higuain has scored goals more regularly than any other La Liga player, on average netting every 53 minutes he has been on the pitch.

With Nicolas Anelka leaving for Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua, Didier Drogba reportedly being offered a contract by the same team as well as interest from Chinese Super League rivals Guangzhou Evergrande and Italian giants AC Milan, Fernando Torres suffering a long period of poor form in front of goal and Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou deemed surplus to requirements it is of great importance that Chelsea sign a striker who can compliment the good form of Daniel Sturridge.

The reported estimated fee to prise Higuain away from Real Madrid is 25 million euros, a sum which, for a proven goal scorer, Chelsea would not complain about parting with in today’s market. However Higuain is not the only Real Madrid player to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as Brazilian playmaker Kaka has been attracting interest from The Blues.

Kaka signed for Real Madrid in January 2009 for a fee of £55million but has failed to live up to the price tag in the Spanish capital, and at 29 years of age time may be running out for the former AC Milan man to regain the form he showed whilst in Italy. The Daily Star reports a Real Madrid source as saying: “Kaka has always interested other clubs and Mourinho has decided that he has far better options in midfield so the best thing to do is to move him on. There has been no concrete offer but it is now known that the club would accept an offer in the region of £22m.”

Villas-Boas has been keen to sign another playmaker alongside Juan Mata as exampled by his drawn out attempts to sign Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric in the summer, but Kaka may be the ideal fit for that role. However at 29 age isn’t on the Brazilian’s side much like most of the Chelsea squad and the manager may favour a more youthful approach.

However one thing is for sure, and that is that the finances will not be a problem. Although it is hard to definitively state Roman Abramovich’s wealth, if the Russian backs a transfer then he is likely to put his financial muscle behind any potential deal.

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