Chelsea: Central-midfield options

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In recent years, Chelsea have procured a wealth of attacking options in midfield, including the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle.

However too often Chelsea do not control a game, rather winning due to a piece of magic from their offensive players. This is something that Jose Mourinho will want to change by purchasing a world-class deep-lying playmaker. 

In this article, I will take a look at three potential options that Chelsea could take to solve this problem and help them to the Premier League title in 2013/14. 

Daniele de Rossi

The Italian midfielder has been one of the best players in his role in the world in the last few years, having won 84 caps for the Azzurri and helping them to the 2006 World Cup and the Euro 2012 final.

As well as being an excellent distributor of the ball, De Rossi would also bring some much-needed steel to Chelsea's tricky midfield setup, being a notoriously tough tackler. With Roma again missing out on Champions League football this season and having never won the Serie A title, de Rossi may consider it the time to move on to pastures new and Chelsea would do well to buy him for next season.

Likelihood of move: 7/10

Xabi Alonso 

A wonderful passer with incredible vision, Alonso has the skill to control the game at any level. Many consider him to be the best deep-lying playmaker in world football, despite being 31-years-old.

Having won every club honour with Liverpool and Real Madrid, Alonso could be on the move again having been linked with Chelsea and former club Liverpool.

However a move still seems unlikely as Madrid will surely want to keep the services of the Spaniard, whose presence was sorely missed in Spain's poor Confederations Cup performances.

There may just be a possibility of a move because of Alonso's friendship with Chelsea manager Mourinho.

Likelihood of move: 4/10

Marco van Ginkel

Chelsea recently purchased the young Dutch midfielder for a fee in the region of £8 million, and the Holland U-21 playmaker seems to have a bright future ahead of him, having been named Dutch Young Talent of the Year and putting on many sparkling performances for Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie.

However despite Mourinho's assurances of plenty of playing time to the starlet, who was also linked with Ajax, he still seems like a purchase for the future who may not be ready to make his mark in the Premier League just yet.

In my opinion Chelsea need someone with more experience for the time being to help them remain in control when a game gets tough, and van Ginkel is not yet that player. 

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