Slowly but surely, Chelsea are becoming the masters of the transfer market. The Blues’ transfer policy is highly enviable and as history suggests the London side are known to be brilliant negotiators which helps them to outwit their oppositions on the pitch.
With the ever globalization of the game, it’s nothing surprising that an English side have spread their wings to various parts in Europe to develop their academy products and hone their youngsters, getting them ready to make the leap to the next level.
Not many people know that Roman Abramovich and Merab Jordania, the respective owners of Chelsea and Vitesse Arnhem are great friends and hold close connections. Over the course of the following years, Vitesse have become a feeder club for Chelsea. In fact the Blues have first refusal to any Vitesse players who are attracting the envious from a host of European giants.
Last October, Chelsea reached a similar agreement with Turkish side Besiktas. The deal saw close co-operation between the first teams and academies, training support and joint scouting projects. Demba Ba too moved to Besiktas after he decided that his time at Stamford Bridge was over. Thus, it won’t be surprising is in the coming seasons we could see several Chelsea graduates being loaned out to Turkey for competitive game time on the pitch.
Moreover, Besiktas also have the finances to pay significant higher wages to players. Of late, Chelsea were not able to find clubs who take their players on loan due to high wage demands. Ba though joined the club last summer agreeing in a lucrative package worth £80,000-a-week. The Balck Eagles, as Besiktas are known have a network of 65 football academies in every region of the country as well as in Germany, England, Holland and as far afield as Nigeria.
Of late, Chelsea are close to completing a similar deal with Portugal club Vitoria de Setubal. Reports have been regular in the Portuguese media over an impending deal and on Wednesday A Bola claimed that it is set to be done.
It is believed that manager Jose Mourinho’s strong ties with the club is making the joint venture possible. Mourinho is from Setubal while his father played professional football for the club and some other family member helped fund their stadium to be built. Mourinho is also very good friends with the club’s coach Bruno Ribeiro and in the future several youngsters could be loaned to Setubal. Also, 24-year-old Chelsea star Ulises Davila plies his trade for the Portuguese club.
It’s is well known that Portugal has relatively easier work permit issues for players from South America. This be a major plus for Chelsea is they are to sign South American players in the near future. In the long run, it is a fantastic effort by Chelsea, a well measured and calculated stance to get the very best out of their academy graduates and nurture them in tough conditions to be mentally prepared and get ready for the highest echelons in European football.
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