Saturday, 4 October 2008

Chelsea To Make January Swoop For Brazilian International Fabiano?

New Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is considering strengthening his options upfront in light of the latest injury to Ivory Coast International striker Didier Drogba, who suffered a knee injury in the 0-0 draw with CFR Cluj in their Champions League clash on Wednesday.

With Drogba out for at least six weeks and Nicolas Anelka failing to impress so far this season at Stamford Bridge. Scolari is ready to add another top class striker to the West London club in January, even though Drogba is expected to return before then. With the former Brazil boss knowing that Drogba’s comeback by then is not a certainty, given the forwards previous history of relapse.

Scolari has put Brazilian International Luis Fabiano at La Liga side Sevilla at the top of his list for recruitment to the Premiership in January. With Chelsea reportedly ready to free up the funds that were earmarked for Robinho, who opted to move to Manchester City on transfer deadline day in the summer, according to The Times.

However, Fabiano present deal at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan runs until 2011, with the former Porto striker having a £24million buyout clause in the contract to release him from the Rojiblancos. With 10% of any transfer fee to go directly to Fabiano at the playes request. While the fee should represent no problem for the Blues billionaire owner Roman Abramovic, Chelsea would have to deal with Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido, who has a reputation for being very inflexible and stubborn, when it comes to selling any of his Sevillistas.

Fabiano joined Sevilla in 2005 from Portuguese side Porto and has scored 57 goals in 120 games during his time in La Liga, with the striker also scoring 11 goals in 22 matches for Brazil.

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