So Jose Mourinho has snatched a highly coveted player from under the nose of his former head scout and current Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas Boas.
It seemed, after having a medical at White Hart Lane, that Willian Borges da Silva was set to wear the famous white strip that represents one half of the north London Premier League football community.
Instead he has chosen, like most Brazilian footballers do these days, to make west London his new home with the Stamford Bridge pitch his office of choice to ply his trade. Here we take a look at the growing crop of Samba Stars of the new generation residing on the Fulham road.
There has been growing speculation that the wild haired and charismatic former Benfica man might not be needed by Jose Mourinho. According to reports in The Daily Mirror, current champions Manchester United are close to submitting a 30m pound offer for the centre back. His Chelsea career all depends on where "The Special One" plans to play him on the pitch, if play him at all. Luiz has been criticised in the past for some below par performances when playing alongside either John Terry or Gary Cahill at the heart of the blues defence but when played in midfield, usually just in front of the back four, his passing range and lethal shot has paid dividends.
Nascimento (meaning Birth in Portuguese) Ramires, or "Rami" as he's known to most Chelsea supporters, has earned himself a place among the fans favourites at Stamford Bridge thanks to his unbelievable engine combined with his strong work ethic and non stop running. Slightly built but very powerful, the Rio born star is one of the first names on the team sheet. Mourinho's confidence in the former Cruizero and Benfica star was highlighted when Ramires revealed to The London Evening Standard that he had received a phone call from his Portuguese boss letting him know how he see's him as a crucial cog in the blue's talented machine of a midfield.
There are two words that come to mind when you watch Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior with the ball at his feet; "Infinite potential". This 21-year-old plays the beautiful game with a confidence and an air of experience that most players would find in their peak years. Having started every game for Chelsea this season, and cementing his place in the middle of the park for his national team, it seems Mourinho has put a huge amount of faith in him and believes it will be a big year for the young man from Sao Paulo. Playing alongside the likes of Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard and Juan Mata (if he is still a Blue come the end of the summer transfer window) can only enhance his already brimming arsenal of skills.
As I mentioned above, Willian snubbed a move to Tottenham Hotspurs once he heard of Chelsea's interest telling Chelsea's official website it was his dream to play for the west Londoners. Many people have reacted by stating they don't need him, pointing to the number of midfielders already employed by Roman Abramovich. Unless Mourinho plans to implement a strong rotation policy, which he has stated he is prepared to do over the course of what should be another long season, I fail to see a regular starting place for the man who scored 37 goals in 222 appearances during his time playing for Shaktar Donetsk. Capped twice for the Brazilian national side, I doubt he will have a hard time settling into life at Chelsea with so many of his compatriots enjoying London life.
Brazilian Chelsea players out on loan: Lucas Piazon, Wallace.
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