Premier League Transfers – Chelsea

by Dejon

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge in one of the more interesting transfers of the summer.

£6m – or thereabouts – for a much-travelled 30-year-old, is a strange one. More so the fact that they let a very similar player in Joe Cole effectively move in the opposite direction for no transfer fee.

What can Benayoun offer the Blues?

Well, when Alan Pardew took him from Racing Santander to West Ham United in July 2005, he was quoted as saying the midfielder had the ability to ‘open the door when teams sit deep’.

He was pretty accurate as the Israeli scored five and assisted eight goals in his first season.

In 2006, he played against the club he would join next as West Ham were denied victory after surrendering the lead twice against Liverpool in the last FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.

The Reds won 3-1 on penalties – Benayoun never took a penalty.

It will be interesting to see how much football Benayoun gets under Carlo Ancelotti.

Chelsea have so much quality in their ranks at the moment, it remains to be seen where he would fit into the Italian coach’s plans.

Another acquisition signing by the Italian coach is the purchase of Sigma Olomouc defender, Tomas Kalas for a fee of around £5m.

The 17-year-old will, however, stay on loan at the Andruv Stadion for a year. Kalas was highly touted and courted by several top European clubs including Premier League rivals Arsenal, Ancelotti’s former employees AC Milan and German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

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