Summer Bargain Hunt

With the end of the season drawing ever closer, the time has come when managers all over Europe will be looking to be quickest off the blocks in securing the future services of players whose contracts are set to expire in the summer. Chelsea have been masters at this type of transfer dealing in the past, with the bosman ruling allowing them to bring stars such as Michael Ballack to Stamford Bridge. But, possibly with limited funds, what bargains could Harry Redknapp be looking to snatch?

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Fabio Cannavaro

Despite the fact that he turns 36 in September, Fabio Cannavaro could come in and provide excellent cover for the inevitable matches when Ledley King is unavailable. The World Cup winner, and first defender to be named FIFA World Player of the Year, still has a lot to offer. His contract expires this summer, but any deal could be scuppered by the interest of AC Milan and Manchester City. A natural leader, Cannavaro’s age shouldn’t provide too many barriers, as his game is not based upon pace, it is based upon his outstanding ability to read the game and put in a challenge timed to perfection.

Rating: 9/10

Possibility: 7/10

Sylvinho

The former-Arsenal left-back may be 34, but he is still doing a job for Barcelona filling in for the injured Eric Abidal. The Brazilian could be a player Redknapp looks to bring in as a replacement for the out-of-favour Gareth Bale. Spurs still have a relatively young squad, and the boss could well be looking to bring in some experiencer, even if he only plays ten games a season.

Rating: 4/10

Possibility: 4/10

Salomon Kalou

Kalou represents an ideal signing, considering any transfer would cost nothing. He can play on the left wing, if Redknapp wants to deploy Luka Modric in a central role; up-front considering neither Darren Bent nor Roman Pavlyuchenko are loved by Harry; or on the right-wing as under-study to Aaron Lennon, if David Bentley is offloaded. The Chelsea jury still seems to be out on the Ivorian, but Kalou should have a bright future ahead of him, already being a regular for his national team. Arsenal tried to sign him in the summer, but would fit into the Tottenham style of play with ease.

Rating: 9/10

Possibility: 5/10

Pavel Nedved

The 36-year-old Czech playmaker recwently announced his retirement, however Juventus are still attempting to extend his contract. The 2003 Ballon d’Or winner and five time Czech Player of the Year signed for the Old Lady in a 41 million Euro deal, and could still be a top signing. There is no doubt that he is still a very talented player who could still change a game, but is he maybe too old to keep up with the pace of modern football? If a deal went through, any club could only get one season out of Nedved, but he is an honest and loyal player, who would give anything to stay at Juve.

Rating: 8/10

Possibility: 2/10

Julio Cruz

Once a permenant fixture in Argentina’s squad, it is unlikely that Julio Cruz will be handed a contract extension by Jose Mourinho. Cruz has experience at the highest level, and is still capable of doing a job coming off the bench. He has a decent track record, and creates chances for his team-mates. But hey, if Hernan Crespo is good enough for Chelsea…

Rating: 5/10

Possibility: 6/10

One Response to “Summer Bargain Hunt”

  1. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Bellamy you’re not bad either ;) Says:

    I think City will sign Cannavaro?

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