So the sun shined today, the birds were singing, the neighbours were fighting and Chelsea were linked with another player, so it was a very typical morning for me. Our beloved club’s disastrous “title defence” has meant that were going to be linked with a host of managers, after we sacked Jose Mourinho mid-season. And now that we (almost) know who the manager will be, the media has decided to move one to the “let’s link them with every player in the world phase”. The media campaign (ah remember “The Campaign Against Us” days) has been so overwhelming that I’m running out of adjectives to describe how silly it is. It has been so ludicrous that I was starting to feel sorry for Manchester United fans after all the rumors they had to live with since the departure for Sir Alex (okay, maybe not that much)
After this pleasant rant, here is the rumour: The Sun are reporting that we are targeting one (more) box-to-box midfielder in Oscar De Marcos, one of Athletic Bilbao’s most important players. And of course, his cost will, according to the paper, be a very modest 26 million Euros. The high price is a given when we are dealing with Bilbao. The Basque club has a policy of not signing players who were born outside their region and while such a policy is in a sense admirable, it makes transfer dealings with them virtually impossible, and the likes of Bayern and Juventus will testify on the difficulty of such a task.
The player himself has plenty of useful qualities, he’s quick, experienced, versatile, can cross well and score the occasional wonder goal, but is not so good at keeping the ball. So basically, a Spanish Ramires.
So why are we going after this guy? Well, it might have something to do with him playing as a full-back all season long and being much more adept at that position than Ramires, but that hardly helps. It is not as though we have a scarcity of right backs at the team. Ivanovic has recently signed a new deal, Azpilicueta is still primarily a right sided player(I think) and we also have the forgotten man, Ola Aina among our youth ranks (although he might be leaving due to his lack of opportunities) and we have much more of a need for a left back as well. All of which makes the deal less believable, added of course, to the fact that it was reported by our friends at The Sun, who claimed that we’ve sent “spies” to look at the Spaniard (how those guys are one of the most important newspapers in the world is beyond me).
Is this rumour serious? No one can no, but if it was it would be a serious bit of mismanagement of transfers from our part and if we were to see it go through, then it would be a sign that we can forget about regaining our status as one of football’s most feared clubs.