Terry ex­pects mar­quee sign­ing in trans­fer win­dow

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODWINES - BY JA­SON BURT

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

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