For almost a decade now Chelsea tips have linked the club with every relatively big name in football, with every rising starlet or disgruntled legend poised to touch down at Stamford Bridge.
Rarely do these big transfer rumours materialise and quite often – in the case of Andriy Shevchenko and Adrian Mutu – these stars turn out to be flops. Even though the transfer window is closed the rumour mill never stops churning out names and this week’s biggest attraction is Benfica’s Nelson Oliviera.
The Portuguese international has been quoted as saying he is not currently interested in a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester United both loosely reported as interested in the striker. And while his determination to stay away from English football is evident it has not prevented pundits tipping Oliviera to make the move across Europe in January.
Yet Chelsea would not benefit from a new forward arrival, despite Oliviera being the promising age of 21. Roberto Di Matteo has worked tirelessly over the summer to restructure a team around new main man Fernando Torres, with Oscar and Eden Hazard both coming in to supply the Spaniard with goals.
Torres has not hit it off as quickly as some would like but time must be given for this squad to gel together. The Blues were woeful at the start of last season but once a team ethic was established they went on to lift the FA Cup and Champions League trophy.
Oliviera would be a quick fix and that still may not solve Chelsea’s striking problems. Just 10 goals in 70 appearances suggests he is not the poaching striker Di Matteo needs and the manager is more likely to find success in his other forwards Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge than from a new signing unfamiliar with the team.
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