The latest Spaniard linked to Chelsea: Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas.
Another day, another Spaniard linked to Chelsea. Step forward Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas.
La Liga is often hailed as the best league in the world containing Barcelona and Real Madrid whilst also playing as home for the exceptional talents of Falcao and Isco. We’ve seen plenty of transfer activity involving either La Liga and Spanish players over the years and La Liga is also familiar to Chelsea fans because we seem to get linked to someone from the league everyday. Most recently it has been Benat, Isco and Negredo but a new name has appeared on our radar.
The latest in our Spanish rumour mill is Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas who – according to Spanish newspaper Marca – we are set to bid for. Aspas is believed to have a release clause of £8.3 million and Celta Vigo have recently said that if he is going to leave, the release clause will have to be met. I can’t say I am an expert on Spanish football but I have seen Aspas play against Barca and Atletico this season and I liked what I saw.
Aspas was in sensational form last year finding the net 25 times in 37 appearances in the Second Divison and has now found the net 8 times in 19 this season for a club hanging on for their survival in La Liga. The 25 year old certainly knows how to finish* and would be an interesting option to have upfront. Whilst he is not a player to have you up off your seat with mindblowing flicks and tricks, he is a player who works his socks off all game and will never shy from a physical tussle. He hasn’t quite got the physique of say Negredo, but, he is still capable of holding up play and being a more direct option.
*this statement isn’t based on YouTube videos of his goals because if you rate players on their YouTube clips, you’d believe Jasper Gronkjaer was a footballing god.
Generally, he is a player without a major weakness. He can pass, he is good with his runs and he can also finish any number of different chances. Due to his status, he certainly won’t cost a great deal in wages and due to Celta Vigo not being in the Europa League, he is not cup tied for anything.
All in all, he’d represent a good deal for Chelsea. He is cheap, suits the Chelsea Style (not the “bus parking” style) and could certainly be a good option for rotation with Ba and Torres as well as being a good option off the bench to change games – something we’ve struggled with this season. I’ve been told that the rumour has come from a highly respected radio station report and I have been advised to have some confidence in this rumour as their track record is good. We are said to face competition from Swansea for his signature but hopefully European football can encourage him to choose Chelsea.
Will he be a Chelsea player in this window? I hope so.
Should we believe this rumour? Should we go for Aspas or should we go for somebody else? Let us know in the comments section below!