Terry expects marquee signing in transfer window
JOHN TERRY expects Chelsea to buy players in January following the lifting of the club’s transfer embargo.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has said he is happy with his squad, but Terry believes moves are afoot to add some strength.
“I'm sure the club and the manager are looking into that and having good talks with (owner) Roman (Abramovich). I wouldn’t be surprised if we do go out and buy because we don’t know what's going to happen this summer or next.”
Chelsea will be allowed to trade in January after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. But unless they overturn the two-window ban imposed by Fifa after the Gaël Kakuta affair, they will not be able to buy and sell again until the summer of 2011.
Terry, who is close to Abramovich and has become an increasingly influential figure at Chelsea, admitted that he expected the ban to be upheld.
“Looking at it realistically,” he said, “we're maybe going to be suspended in the summer window and maybe another one after that. The manager has great experience and he knows what we need.”
Among those needs, it appears, is an attempt to recruit at least one marquee signing with Chelsea, once again, in the market to sign Bayer n Munich's Franck Ribery – they failed with a £40 million bid last summer – while agents are trying to tempt the club to make an offer for Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero or Valencia’s David Villa.
More immediately there is the loss of four players – Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Salomon Kalou and John Obi Mikel – to the African Cup of Nations from January 20 to February 10 – to contend with, although Chelsea do not have the most punishing of schedules during that time.
However, injuries are starting to mount with Michael Ballack, who will miss Germany's friendly on Wednesday against Ivory Coast, the latest to be affected. Drogba is also likely to miss that game, although there is confusion as to whether or not he has cracked a rib.
Terry missed England's friendly in Qatar with what he said was a “tweaked” Achilles after he blocked a shot in training, but he expects to be fit for today’s match at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Frank Lampard, also injured on England duty, will miss that game, along with Ashley Cole, Jose Bosingwa and, probably, Yuri Zhirkov. – The Telegraph