Chelsea: Where Does Adriano Fit In?

Well, it looks as if it’s more or less confirmed that Adriano will be leaving Inter in January, with Jose Mourinho quoted as saying “Adi will not be playing with us any more and this really saddens me, as I would have preferred to keep him here until at least June.” The question is, is he heading for Stamford Bridge?

The suggestion seems to be that he is, for six months at least, until Scolari can see what difference he makes during a loan spell. But what difference would he make?

Chelsea, as we know, probably at the cost of our home form, don’t play two up front and whilst I’d like to think it’s Scolari’s plan to start playing two up front at home, therefore justifying the need for a striker in reserve, I just can’t see it.

As it is, with the system(s) Scolari uses, Nicolas Anelka has surely done enough to keep his place? And we’ve been told time and again that Drogba’s going nowhere. So where exactly does Adriano fit in then?

Is Adriano going to fancy coming to keep our bench warm? I can’t see it somehow. But then I can’t see any justification for pushing Anelka out either – well, not as far as away games go anyway.

It’s a strange one this.

Lavezzi Warned Off ‘Dirty English Women’

Are Napoli getting a bit twitchy or what?

I mean, obviously as the transfer window gets ever closer, most clubs want to make sure they keep hold of their players. Most clubs though would just issue the bog standard “hands off” warning. Not so for Napoli though because although that’s the approach their Sporting Director took a couple of months ago, their president, Aurelio De Laurentiis has taken a different tact.

Ezequiel Lavezzi has been linked to Chelsea for a while, despite ruling out a move away from Napoli, although clearly this fell on death ears because De Laurentiis is running off at the mouth with reasons why his players should avoid England like the plague.

Now, I’m sure we’ve all heard some desperate statements from clubs in their time when fighting to hold on to players, but this one really has to top the lot because in an effort to dissuade his players from opting for Premier League football, De Laurentiis says “If they want to go to England then in the end they’re going to go, but they need to understand this: the English live badly, eat badly and their women do not wash their genitalia. To them, a bidet is a mystery.”

Who’s he trying to kid? At least we have clean feet. 🙂

Arsenal And Man City Losing Out To Chelsea?

So we’ve got no money to spare but we’ve signed another youngster – or so we’re told.

Apparently we’ve agreed a fee of £1.5million for Turkish central midfielder Abdulkadir Kayali and he’ll join us next month on a five year deal.

Doesn’t help Scolari out much but I guess the consolation is that both Arsenal and Man City, who were rumoured to have made offers for the 17 year old, miss out.