Chelsea fans, a very good morning to all of you on this fine summer day.
We’ve got plenty to get through so we’ll try and keep the pre-story spiel to a minimum, although what’s a good article without a solid introduction?
Coming your way is the latest transfer news, including quotes from a Jose Mourinho target and the revelation that a new transfer deal could be done within the next 12 hours. Excited? So we are, so let’s get to it.
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Chelsea fans might not know much about Japanese forward Yoshinori Muto aside from the fact that Jose Mourinho wanted to sign him earlier on in the year.
Reports before the opening of the summer transfer window detailed how the Blues were trying to tempt the J-League phenomenon to the Premier League, but ultimately they were unsuccessful.
Well, now the player has broken his silence to confirm that he was approached by the English champions, but turned them down because he didn’t feel ready.
"The Premier League is a great league, but I'm not ready to play for Chelsea yet. I don't want to hurry myself and want to develop steadily," he said.
"I felt my decision to join this club was right. I've heard (from Okazaki) the club is loved by supporters and the team is comprised of wonderful members. He told me to give it my all.
"The German first division is one of the best leagues in the world. I can face remarkable players from across the globe and it will help me develop,"
"I want to perform and become a world-class player, and performing in Germany is the fastest path."
An honourable gesture, but perhaps a foolhardy one, Muto might live to regret not gambling on chancing his arm in England, although the fact he chose to sign for German club Mainz after Chelsea’s approach gives him the opportunity to strut his stuff in Europe.
Given the overwhelming evidence pointing to the idea that Muto would have probably been farmed out on loan at Chelsea before ever being given so much as a sniff in Mourinho’s fold it must be adjudged that he made a positive call. Only time will tell, of course.
Meanwhile the Blues could announce a deal for Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic today, with Marco van Ginkel heading the other way. The Bosnian stopper is the ideal replacement for Petr Cech given his experience, and Van Ginkel’s departure will only be on loan, so there’s no need to worry there.
For the most part it’s assumed that Begovic is being purchased as an understudy to Thibaut Courtois, but one who has the ability and ambition to compete with the young Belgian for his number one spot. He’s no Cech, but he might well be the next best thing.
Last but not least the future of former Blues youngster Josh McEachran has been officially decided. We say former Blues midfielder because he’s now officially a Brentford player, as announced on the Bees’ club website.
The 22-year-old was sent on various loan spells whilst at Stamford Bridge and tipped for big things, but he could never quite make the cut. What were we saying about Muto making the right decision earlier?