Chelsea’s summer of snubs looks set to continue
The bookmakers expect the Blues to miss out on Carlos Tevez
This is a huge transfer window for Chelsea – their chance to build on a strong end to the season by bringing in players who can freshen up the squad and thrust them back into title contention – but it hasn’t gone to plan so far.
With Manchester United losing two of their “Fab Four”, the Blues have a real chance to close the gap but they have already been snubbed by Glen Johnson, while Ricardo Carvalho wants to leave and Michael Essien’s agent has made noises about his client moving to Spain.
Whereas a few weeks ago they were linked with Franck Ribery, Sergio Aguero and David Villa, this morning it’s Charlton youngster Jonjo Shelvey and Ross Turnbull, who ended the season as Middlesbrough’s second-choice keeper.
Chelsea have of course been confirmed as one of the three clubs in contention for Carlos Tevez but bookmakers Sky Bet are almost certain that the forward will opt for Manchester City instead, with the Blues 4/1 outsiders.
A few seasons ago, Chelsea being financially outmuscled was unthinkable and with Jose Mourinho as manager, they were always an attractive option. Now though, City and Real Madrid can pay just as much and players are wary about moving to Stamford Bridge because the manager who signed them could be sacked a few months later.
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