As the new Premier League season edges ever closer, it appears Chelsea have not yet completed their transfer dealings. Manager Jose
Having been a major part of Botafogo’s impressive start to the 2013 Campeonato Brasileiro (where the two-time domestic league winners currently sit in second place), centre-back Doria is continuing to attract the attention of the world’s biggest clubs. Though he’s still only 18-years-old, the left-footed defender has been raved about on both sides of the Atlantic and has already made his debut for the national team, having been called up by Luiz Felipe Scolari earlier this year.
It is widely expected that Doria will leave South America in this transfer window, with Barcelona and Juventus rumoured to be joining the Blues as the frontrunners for his services. Botafogo’s only reservations, it seems, are that his release clause is met and that he remains with the club until the end of the calendar year as they push for the title.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have had a bid of £8.2m rejected for the Brazil under-20 skipper as Botafogo continue to insist his release clause – which the Daily Mirror report to be around £11.2m – is triggered.
With the club sniffing around another central defender, it’s inevitable that parallel speculation will intensify over a Brazilian defender already on the books at Stamford Bridge – David Luiz. Luiz has been linked with Barcelona throughout the summer, with Sky Italy reporting this week that the Blues have been contacted by the Catalan giants regarding his services.
But the potential arrival of Doria will not affect Luiz’s future. The teenager is far from the finished product and would be unlikely to go straight into the first team picture in west London with Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill and Luiz all playing to a high level. Added to that, Mourinho has already rubbished reports suggesting the former Benfica defender could leave and new Barca manager Gerardo Martino has not included Luiz on his shortlist of potential defensive reinforcements, according to the Daily Express.
But while the club still have four top central defenders at their disposal, that does not mean Doria wouldn’t be a shrewd buy. With Terry in his twilight years and Ivanovic about to enter his fourth decade, it won’t be long before Chelsea will have to address their backline. If the contents of Roman Abramovich’s wallet can stretch to more than £30m, adding Doria to the squad as well as Rooney would be a wise investment.
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