It looks like Jose Mourinho is trying to set some kind of world record for having the maximum number of midfielders in a team. After purchasing the likes of Marco Van Ginkel, Andre Schrrule, Kedin De Bruyne and Willian in a single transfer window, the Special One now wants to have Christian Atsu.
The 21-year old Ghana international now plies his trade for Porto and has been chased by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. But the Merseyside club failed to agree to reach an agreement with his club and so did Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas who also wanted him to be part of his squad.
It is being reported that Atsu will cost Chelsea £3.5m and he will soon travel to London to complete his medical and discuss personal terms. It will be interesting to find out though that Atsu, who will join a galaxy of stars in Chelsea, will immediately feature in the first team or will be sent out on a loan spell to get gametime at a lesser club.
Skysports reports that, Porto have failed in repeated attempts to extend Atsu’s contract and are now keen to cash in on the player as he can speak to clubs in January to set up a Bosman deal. Atsu has won 16 caps to date for the Black Stars, scoring three goals, and was part of the squad that finished fourth in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa earlier this year.
In other news, Jose Mourinho now seems restless about the Rooney issue and wants a clarification from both the club and the player about the current status. In a recent interview Mourinho has stated that:
“We have to speak but this club [Manchester United] must be a very special club, because in every club in the world when a player wants to leave, they don’t support him. They give him a hard time but they support him all the way. That proves this is a really special club with special fans and I think now he’ll decide he wants to stay. If he makes that decision, we will be the first to respect that and say ‘it’s over.”
Chelsea have wanted to bring in Rooney for a long time now and so few days left in the transfer window, time is running away from them. Whatever they player and United decide, it is high time for them to do now and Mourinho’s jab at them may be an indication to that.