The latest reports say that Chelsea has had a bid (alternately reported at anywhere from £16-20 million) for winger Andre Shurrle rejected by Bayer Leverkusen. The Blues are also reportedly interested in Stevan Jovetic, Luka Modric, Victor Moses, Robert Lewandowski, Hatem Ben Arfa, Theo Walcott, Luke Shaw, Axel Witsel, Thomas Müller, Salomon Rondon, Marouane Fellaini, Victor Wanyama, Edinson Cavani, Mathieu Debuchy, Romario, George Best and/or Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Meanwhile, Porto is being implored to be realistic in their valuation of Hulk, currently said to be in the range of £850 billion. The less interest other teams show in paying their price, the more intransigent the club apparently becomes. Oh, you don’t like that price? What if we double it?
One looks at all these factors together and wonders – has the club accepted it needs to move on or is it all a bargaining ploy to drag Porto back from the brink?
I suppose it doesn’t much matter. It’s one of those cases where you behave the same either way, isn’t it? If Porto comes to their senses, great. If not, you need a plan B and there are lots of plan Bs out there that make more sense than coughing up the GDP of a mid-sized nation for a player who, despite his promise, has hardly proven himself at the highest levels.
If we’re going to pay that kind of money for an attacker this summer, we need to pick up the phone and call Arsene Wenger….