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Sami Khedira becomes the latest player to be linked with Chelsea in this transfer window. The Sun reports that Ancelotti wants Khedira to be the replacement for ex-Chelsea player, Ballack. At only 23 years of age, he is already proving to be one of the biggest ‘finds’ of this world cup after impressively replacing the injured Michael Ballack. One strong case which suggests that this story might be true is due to the fact that Khedira has only a year left on his Stuttgart contract.
A fee of around £12 million is being quoted upon and this represents fantastic value for a player who still hasn’t reached his peak. While proving to be a more than adequate replacement for Ballack, he can also provide some good competition for the inconsistent John Obi Mikel. This also means that Essien, who has recovered from his knee surgery and has started training, can play in a more attacking role where he seems
to be more effective.
Stuttgart manager, Christian Gross said,
But there always has to be a word of caution before signing German players, because they always perform well for their national teams and not necessarily for their clubs. But signing him won’t be easy as Manchester United are also reported to be keen on signing him.
Meanwhile ‘The Sun’ also report that Ancelotti also wants Portugal star Raul Meireles who is available for £12 million. Not quite sure why Ancelotti would want to sign ‘The walking tattoo’. He is a good player but not the one that Chelsea need right now.
There are also fresh stories that Chelsea are ready to bid an initial £40 million for Liverpool striker, Fernando Torres. Torres has failed to score in any World Cup matches so far but that has not stopped transfer rumours from going away.