Chelsea’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

Chelsea’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets


Chelsea resurgence under Roberto Di-Matteo has been truly impressive this season. However, he has inherited a squad whose quality and age has been questioned. Providing the Italian manager keeps the Chelsea job on a permanent basis, I’m sure he’ll make quite a few changes in summer to re-invent the team as ‘his’ side. As always the money is likely to be available from free-spending club owner Roman Abramovic.

Back in March rumours circulated that the Russian was keen to clear out some of Chelsea’s biggest names this summer and is determined to see through the ‘project’ started by Andre Villas-Boas to create what one source described as a “hungry new team.” I suspect this is less of an option now, considering how this current team’s season has changed dramatically. But no doubt Abramovich will still want to bring in some fresh, quality signings to enable a serious title challenge next season.

Marko Marin

Chelsea have already begun their rebuilding process by signing 23-year-old Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin for £7million. Werder Bremen chairman Klaus Allofs confirmed Marin would be moving to Stamford Bridge next season on a five-year deal having passed a medical.

Marin is a left-sided player and likely to be a direct replacement for Salomon Kalou, who is out of contract in the summer and expected to leave, and Florent Malouda, who is out of favour.

The Midfielder was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and moved to Germany when he was two years old. He has grown up in the German system and played 15 times for his country. He has endured a mixed season at Bremen, where he has scored just once in 22 appearances and has been played out of position in central midfield and been injured.

Transfer Targets 

Below are the players Chelsea have been linked with in the last few months:

(Note the lack of defensive players)

Edison Cavani – Striker (Napoli)

Chelsea have opened talks with Napoli striker Edison Cavani. The Uruguay international is also wanted by Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid after helping himself to 26 goals this season. He would be an ideal replacement for the ageing Didier Drogba, having already proved himself  at the top level of European football.

Marouane Fellaini – Midfielder (Everton)

Chelsea are preparing a £22m bid for 24-year-old Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini say the Daily Mirror. Arsenal are also interested in the Everton player.

Robert Lewandowski – Striker (Borussia Dortmund)

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, 23, is being tracked by Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea. Lewandowski has scored 20 goals and helped Borussia Dortmund to retain their Bundesliga title


Gonzalo Higuain – Striker (Real Madrid)

Chelsea are ready to make a £35m move for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, 24. Real could be willing to do business because coach Jose Mourinho wants Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero or Eden Dzeko at the Bernabeu next season.The London side’s hopes of signing the Argentine striker look to have improved after the 24-year-old’s agent asked for discussions with his current club about his future.

Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva – Midfielder (Sao Paulo)

Teenage Sao Paulo star Lucas Moura has spoken to both Chelsea and Manchester United over a transfer in the off-season, according to the player’s agent. The 19-year-old midfielder has already picked up 11 caps for Brazil in his short professional career. However, Brazilian side Sao Paulo have set a £40m asking price for the player, who is also wanted by Real Madrid.

Ross Barkley – Midfielder (Everton)

As well as Fellaini, Chelsea are planning a bid for Ross Barkley according to the Daily Star. The Blues are prepared to pay £10m for the 18-year-old, who they would loan straight back to Everton.

Hulk – Striker (FC Porto)

Chelsea have reopened talks with Porto over their long standing interest in forward Hulk. The Champions League finalists are closing in on a £35m deal for the 25-year-old, after the Porto striker’s agent admitted he is in talks with four Premier League clubs.

Shinji Kagawa – Attacking Midfielder (Borussia Dortmund)

Borussia Dortmund have given Manchester United and Chelsea target Shinji Kagawa, 23, until the end of the month to commit his future to the club. The Japan international midfielder is out of contract in the summer of 2013.

Nelson Oliveira – Striker (Benfica)

Chelsea and Barcelona could be set to lock horns again, this time over the signature of Benfica forward Nelson Oliveira, the 20-year-old Portugal international, according to Talk Sport.

Demba Ba – Striker (Newcastle)

Chelsea will look to lure Newcastle United striker Demba Ba, 26, to Stamford Bridge this summer in an effort to give themselves more options up front.

Ezequiel Lavezzi – Attacking Midfielder/Striker (Napoli)

Manchester City and Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi, 27, is ready to leave Napoli after a rumoured dispute with president Aurelio de Laurentiis. Lavezzi was extremely impressive in these two sides Champions league tie.

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    • Plz we nid hulk,modric,kagawa,neryma or falcoa nd a right back van der wiel den watch nd c wat nxt season will b like bcos many clubs will b rebuilding der squrd de like of manchesters,arsenal nd tottham

  1. i think hulk,lavezzi,heguain,cavani,lucas will make a better team 4 chelsea next season.

    • rather than having all these players we need bolster our mid and defence coz torres is firing

  2. Hulk, Cavani,Levezzi,Demba Ba and Fellini are not the bright prospects to grace the Blue jersey. We should rather put ‎​IϞ sipited efforts to bring in Kagawa,Hazard,Ross Bekerley, Lucas Moura, Higuain, VanDe Weil and possibly Munain

    • rather than ross cfc should go for di maria and other good attacking mids and 4wrds like jovetic , silva , modric , bale

  3. Lucas is all we need-we have Lukaku, Bamford, Drogba and Torres all fighting for 1 position and have aquired Marko-expect up to 5-6 players to leave we all know who they will probably be

  4. plzzzzzzz we need wingers to create beautiful football as owner wants angel di maria , markel susaeta and what about defenders hummels , subotic, and no everten mess very very imp jovetic , modric , di maria , hummels and many more

  5. Keep Drogba, he’s still too good to leave. Challange Shinji Kagawa from United for both tactical and Asian marketing. We still want a right back; OM/s Cesar or Ajax Ven der Wiel would be fine. And finally a creative midfielder like Eden Hazard or Lucas Maura, otherwise try cheaper Marvin Martin, he’s a brilliant passer. Only if we sell Essien, then it’s time to get Fellaini, he’s very good consitent midfielder in EPL.

  6. wait, wait, wait we need lavezzi,kagawa,ronaldo, shcmeichel, hulk, and nelson and sell kalou, maluda,fererra and also bosingwa and loan sellfish man sturridge ro he should be talk to torres should over his leg because the ball is too light for his leg, blues all the way.

  7. Sell/let leave: malouda, ferreira, kalou, bosingwa, turnbull(should be 3rd choice keeper at best), hilario
    Buy: a quality right winger maybe willian?
    Give drogba one more year and bring through youth players (lukaku, piazon, de bruyne,romeu mccechran,courtois etc… Or loan out a few for a season) teach sturridge to pass and we’ll be sorted
    CFC forever blue

  8. yaah we need modric,hulk,lavezzi and especially cavani upfront becuz of ageing drogba

  9. I heard through a reliable source, that Roman Abramovic reads all of you comments when putting together his OWN list. So keep the top talent transfer ideas flowing. He is watching…

    • Mr Roman Abromovich please give Drogba one more season…he is still good,the rest you can decide if you want to purchase…please sir

      • keep drogba and play him with torres give them a few games to get know each others playing type

  10. Chelseafc needs 2 sell the likes of drogba,kalou,essien,malouda,bosingwa,cole, ferriera,mierelles, and with the two reserve keeper’s 2 bring in the likes of botengh in ac milan hazard, kagawa, wan der wiel,lucas, llorenti, krul, periera modric then lone lukaku out.

  11. Love the comments! But being realistic just fellani and hulk plus right back van der wiel or mario fernandes and maybe another winger !

  12. Get rid of Kalou,Malouda,Ferreira,Mikel,Drogba ’till we still can cash on him and Bosingwa.Bring in Hazard, Hulk and Falcao

  13. all these players u guys calling for just because they perform good in they team and league dont mean they will come and make a big impact in chelsea u guys should know that i have no problem with who to sell i think kalou,malouda,ferreira,bosingwa,essein,Meireles should be sold these guys have nothing to offer for the team when these guys are on the bench are on the pitch they dont have nothing to give they are not game changers i watch these guys day in and day out when they aint giving away the ball making wrong passes they are honestly not consistent thats my opinion we need two natural wingers right and left side on the pitch that can deliver good crosses we also need a creative mid now these are the players i believe can help chelsea,Adam Johnson he is a great player plus he has experience in the epl and we can get him for a great price next is Hazard,Hulk,Modric,Fellaini that’s all we need and we can win big next year.

  14. Chelsea should buy Pure playmaker and right back, Not Striker, if Drogba leave, we still have Torres, Lukaku and Kalou, thats enought because Chelsea use 4-2-3-1. Sell Malouda, Bosingwa, Sturridge.
    oh, I forget.. please, I hope RDM stay..
    KTBFFH – Chelsea fans from Indonesia

  15. hulk is a nice option for the position of a natural right winger.we should try players like tiote lavezzi and taiwo they can easily fit into the natural Chelsea game.fellaini will also be great for us..

  16. lucas moura is the most necessary target.we must buy him at all costs.sell players like malouda,ferreira and out lukaku and buy a striker like falcao or hulk or even higuain,their pace and skill will come in very handy to bolster our attack.
    Most importantly,we need to stick on with di matteo,he has made a great change in the club and will surely continue doing the same.

  17. Iam a chelsea fan plz sir give drogba another chance coz he is a hero in our team, let him combine with tores and sell sturidge, essien,lukaku and loan out kalou and marouda so we can bring harzad and lavezzi. Plz sir.

  18. Striker:-Edison Cavani,Hulk,modric,Robert Lewandowski
    (coz he has scored 20 goals,so that we can’t miss him & they have won Bundesliga)

    Mid:-Ezequiel Lavezzi,Gonzalo Higuain(umm?),Shinji Kagawa,Eden Hazard,Marouane Fellaini

    Def:- ??

    Sale:- Sturrdge,ferreira,Raul
    Loan :- Kalou,Maluda,Turnbull

  19. their squad is strong haven beaten bayern but they need to buy certain players like:
    forward – Lewandowski,Hulk
    midfield – Fellaini
    defence – sakho of PSG and vermaelen

    they need to sell malouda and maybe loan sturridge

  20. Chelsea dnt need much inclusion,d likes of hulk,kawaga,falcao,hazard nd a right full back like van der weil is ok.malouda,kalou,bosingwa.ferriera should be sold.keeper hilario and tunbul should go and bring back courtrios frm atleticle.m

  21. plz chelsea menager pepe gardola .kalu,ferira maluda,bosgiwa,sturege and lukaku out .hazard,cavani,falicao,hulk,modiric,sampson,and one goalkeeper.this message for bileyener Roman .good lauck next year 4 chelsea

  22. i love this team with all my heart.i would love to see the like of modric,harzard,carvani,hulk,yaya toure


  24. Is there a reason why everyone on this board appears to be illiterate?

    de is not a word in English, it’s THE
    plz is not even an acronym, it’s PLEASE
    4 is a number, it’s FOR

    This is just moronic:
    i think v need jst 1 person…JM

    Exactly how hard is it to write: I think we need just one person: Juan Mata

    Emma Effiom
    Pls wi dnt need fellaini

    Honestly? Please we don’t need Fellaini. That sentence took less than 2 seconds to write.

    • @the teacher : its not Juan Mata ….;D he is JOSE MOURINHO..get some idea dude…….mata’s already in the team!!! mourinho was the one who brought success to chelse….

  25. i think hazard,hulk,modric and falcao will be a good buy for chelsea and chelsea should offload malouda,kalou,sturridge,hilario,tunrbull and bosingwa.

  26. Chelsea should only spend their money on top class players like hulk, Lavezzi and Cavani. Being honest, there is no point spending amounts of money on not as good players, and using that money to fund for the bigger names.It says Lavezzi is ready to leave Napoli. He is a class player they should make a bid.

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