Reports emerging from Europe indicate that Chelsea of England manager, Jose Mourinho, may have suffered his first major professional set-back as Blues’ manager; as Turkey International and Blues’ long-term target, Arda Turan, after weeks of negotiations, recently completed a transfer to European Champions, Barcelona; a
development confirmed on Barcelona’s official website.
Having already snapped up Radamel Falcao, Turan was seen as Mourinho’s next priority; as the coach specifically stated that he needs an attacking player of Turan’s calibre, to boost competition for a position already having Brazillian Willian and Colombian Juan Cuadrado as contenders.
A Turan addition to the Chelsea team would easily make the Chelsea attack line-up the English Premier League’s scariest ever; as he could easily line up beside Eden Hazard, and Fabregas to feed Diego Costa, in a configuration that will surely yield goals in multiples.
Reports state that Mourinho recently asked the club’s heirarchy to sanction a deal for him- which would also involve the departure of defender Filipe Luis. It was believed that the Blues, who have in recent times, had a healthy record of dealings with Turan’s former club, Athletico Madrid, were leading the race for his signature: not until Barcelona waved their magic wand and snapped him up.
This development only means that Chelsea would most likely start the season short on pre-requisite playing personnel- a situation Mourinho direly dislikes; as well as that the Blues’ may have to wait another few couple of seasons to find a player in the class of Turan, who can add bite to their squad, at no extravagant cost.