“Torres Was Not Bought To Replace Didier”: Carlo Ancelotti

The rights and wrongs of Carlo Ancelotti’s predicament boil down to one key question: was Fernando Torres his signing or another expensive plaything for Roman Abramovich? There is the strongest of suspicions that Torres is another Andriy Shevchenko, the striker Abramovich foisted on José Mourinho, in which case one can only sympathise with Ancelotti, who was good enough to lead Chelsea to the Double last season. His pedigree is such…

April 18, 2011

Abramovich Should Avoid Sacking Ancelotti

The mandarins who serve Roman Abramovich at Chelsea say there are two sides to the Russian billionaire. There is the pragmatist; the man who believes in strategy and planning – then there is the emotional Abramovich; the man who acts on instinct, often in direct conflict to the original plan. They say that, with Abramovich, you always have to prepare for the illogical. At the time they thought it utterly…

April 14, 2011

Liverpool Turn Down Chelsea’s Bid To Sign Torres

Roman Abramovich attempted to revive Chelsea’s faltering Premier League title defence last night with an audacious £35m bid for the Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. The offer was dismissed out of hand by Liverpool’s new owner, Fenway Sports Group. Chelsea have a long-standing interest in the Spain striker, whose form has improved in recent weeks under his new manager, Kenny Dalglish, and are known to have failed in one previous bid…

January 28, 2011

Chelsea Hope Luiz Signing Will Be First of Many

Chelsea’s spending in the transfer window may not be limited to the imminent arrival of David Luiz from Benfica, with the club considering strengthening in other areas if they receive encouragement that long-standing targets have become available. Negotiations between the Premier League champions and the Benfica president, Luís Filipe Vieira, continued today with sources in Portugal suggesting the make-up of the proposed deal was still under discussion. Chelsea had hoped…

January 25, 2011