Although most of us Chelsea supporters had smiles on our faces at least for the first time this season yesterday after we successfully hijacked Pedro’s transfer to Manchester United, but Jose Mourinho could have also done well for us as regards the signing of one top quality defensive midfield ace in former Arsenal player Alex Song.
West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has expressed optimism that midfielder Alex Song will pass his medical and complete a permanent move from Barcelona this summer with no hassles, reports the Independent. Thus, if the player passes the medical, we have definitely missed out on a midfielder who would have helped strengthen our midfield.
Bar Matic, no other midfield starter in the team has that nerve to launch a tackle or go into one and this was the cause of our undoing against Manchester City last Sunday as Ramires who was fielded beside the Serbian could not provide enough shield for our defence which was ran ragged by an Aguero-led deadly attack of the Citizens.
Song played a starring role on a season-long loan at Upton Park last season and Bilic, whose side face Premier League newcomers on Saturday is keen for his key transfer targets to join the club before September 1.
“We would like to get him. It’s down to the medical,” Bilic said.
“We are really confident he is going to pass the medical. We’ve got a lot of positive comments or details about his improvement.
“That kind of injury is not a big injury. Eight to 10 weeks until it’s sorted, but once it’s sorted it’s done.”
Reports say the Barcelona midfielder could have joined West Ham permanently on a three-year deal, but for an ankle problem – as the European champions and the Premier League club have agreed a transfer fee for the player. David Sullivan, Hammers co-owner has said a deal has been agreed for Song, if he can pass a medical following the ankle problem.
Song, 27, spent last campaign on loan at Upton Park after struggling to cut it at Barcelona after joining from the Gunners in 2012. He was a mainstay in Arsene Wenger’s team in the Premier League before making a switch to Camp Nou, but his future has been uncertain this summer after suffering from an injury.
Song’s admirable performances for the Hammers in the first half of last season sparked Chelsea’s interest in him earlier on in the season, and now that we have seemingly missed out, eyebrows would be raised as to why Jose Mourinho did not pursue the Cameroonian further, with John Mikel Obi likely to leave and the Blues short of a midfielder in the mould of Song – who can make accurate tackles and break plays. Song’s arrival would have been great for us and the player would have certainly been Matic’s midfield partner.
One thing which would suitably be a huge consolation for us is if we manage to pull of the deal for Juventus’ Paul Pogba, with reports saying Roman has given the green light to splash a huge £60m on the young Frenchman. Now Jose, make that phone call once again!