Since the possibility of the David Luiz move to PSG there’s been no shortage of names being thrown around to take his place in the Chelsea squad.
Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba, Koké, Eliaquim Mangala and Mehdi Benatia are just some of the players being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, and with the Luiz deal being touted at around the £50 million mark it’s easy to see why the rumours are flowing, but every so often there’s one or two players linked that don’t seem to make much sense.
In the past couple of days one of these “curveball” names has been Tiago of Atlético Madrid. At 33 it would certainly be a strange move from Jose Mourinho who is currently trying to revamp his squad.
Losing some of the ageing players such as Ashley Cole or Frank Lampard would lead anyone to believe that Mourinho will be looking for younger players to bring in a new era at Chelsea so why would he sign Tiago?
There’s no doubt that the Portuguese star has been playing well for Atlético Madrid having been a consistent name in the team as they challenged for the La Liga title and Champions League simultaneously, and of course there’s the point that every team needs experienced players. However, Chelsea have a well publicised policy when it comes to players over the age of 30, offering only a one year contract makes this deal even more unlikely.
Players coming towards the end of their careers are usually looking for a more long term contract to see out their playing days, Tiago, Yaya Toure or Daniele De Rossi are unlikely to make a big move for a 12-month contract, and with the one year contract policy it would be highly unlikely the Blues would offer any player 30 or older a longer contract just to persuade them to move to Stamford Bridge.
Most recently Cole has been released from the club because the club would not offer the player the contract he wanted. This also happened with another Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba.
Drogba had been the main man at Chelsea for many years and wanted a two-year contract that the club would not offer forcing him to look elsewhere. If Chelsea can do this to players who have served the club so well for a number of years why would they offer an extended contract to anyone?
For the club it’s great business, but for many fans it’s not always the best way, seeing a number of favourites leave in recent years has been hard to accept especially after a trophy-less season but the club have a clear procedure and it makes a big money move for a younger player all the more likely and if Lampard is to leave the club after the World Cup it could pave the way for one of the biggest transfer windows in recent memory.
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