Chile’s victorious campaign in the Copa America was based more on collective teamwork rather than individual talents. The tournament saw several unheralded talents in the La Roja ranks step up and take center stage. Despite boasting players of the pedigree of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez in their ranks , it was the contribution of their lesser known compatriots like Eduardo Vargas, Jorge Valdivia and Charles Aranguiz that guided Chile to their first ever major trophy in the nation’s entire football history.
European football beckons for most of these unsung heroes with the continent’s top clubs sitting up and taking note of their impressive performances. With news now filtering through several UK outlets stating that Chelsea are close to sealing a deal for Charles Aranguiz , it appears a perfect time for the 26-year-old Internacional midfielder to make the step up to a top club and rub his shoulders against some of the best in the game.
A $25 million fee has been mooted in some circles, which appears a decent enough proposition to Chelsea as they will be landing a tough tackling midfielder who already has experience of playing on some of the biggest stages of the game. A five-year deal has reportedly been agreed with the midfielder as Chelsea look to replace Jon Obi Mikel who seems destined to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Having accumulated a total of 6 goals and 4 assists for Internacional last term in 24 league appearances, Aranguiz appears an upgrade , at least offensively , on the departing Nigerian and can provide the Blues a fresh impetus in midfield.
His versatility also allows Mourinho to play in different positions ,ranging from the 4-2-3-1 to the more fluid 4-3-3. His defensive capabilities are such that he can both act as a cover as well as competition for the superb Serbian Nemanja Matic within Chelsea ranks, an option which Mikel never came close to providing. Alternatively , he also provides the Blues manager the option to pair him with Matic in the center of the park and move Fabregas further forward , should the wily Portuguese choose to do so.
Capable of playing all across the midfield , he can also be used as a box to box midfielder in the mould of Oscar and Lampard. He certainly provides some tantalizing prospects for the Blues manager to try and explore next season. Chelsea fans will be anxiously waiting for their club to confirm his capture.
In the current climate of inflated transfer fees and depreciating value for money buys, Aranguiz’s capture represents a masterstroke for the Blues . At 26, they will be getting a player with his best years ahead of him , and one who can provide them quality cover all over the midfield.