Confirmed reports coming in from the South American football nation of Argentina claim that Boca Juniors’ forward, Jonathan Calleri, is set to leave the local league for Europe to join Chelsea. The ace striker made his mark on the continent this term, topping the goal scoring charts in the Argentine league and contributing to the club’s title win. His form in the just-concluded season in the South American League saw him become a target of some European elite clubs, with Serie A giants, Inter Milan, placing him on their target list.
But Chelsea are said to be favourites, and are readying a bid of around 14 million Euros for the services of the player. A deal to have him arrived the Stamford Bridge in January is being discussed and set to be finalized in the early weeks of the coming transfer market. Despite his chances of arriving high, same can’t be said of his chances of getting first team action as the lack of European experience could make things difficult for him. Chelsea are considering sending him on a loan till the end of the season, but if he convinces the coach in the training sessions, he could be given an opportunity.
But Calleri has expressed his readiness to adapt to the new environment as soon as possible, and he believes he has learnt a lot from club legend, Carlos Tevez, who arrived from Juventus in the summer to rejoin his boyhood club after having had an illustrious and long career in Europe. He also hopes the many matches he featured in the recently-concluded season will prepare him for the tough task ahead in Europe.
“At the moment I don’t know anything. I read the newspapers and they have many rumours, but to me they didn’t say anything. My mind is set on playing a friendly match this Friday and then get on vacation with my family. Six months ago I wasn’t ready to move abroad. I believe that right now, after becoming Argentinean League champion, having played more matches and playing alongside Carlos Tévez, I’m more prepared.”