Monday, September 22, 2008

Really ????

Chelsea are close to signing free agent Carlos Mineiro, with the West London side seeing the Brazilian International as an ideal replacement for long-term injury Michael Essien.

33-year-old Mineiro, who is a free agent after seeing his contract out at Bundesliga team Hertha Berlin had been heavily tipped to join Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Arsenal, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger decided against offering the defensive-midfielder a contract at the Emirates Stadium after taking Mineiro on a short trial.

Championship side Birmingham City had also shown an interest in Mineiro, but it now appears that the midfielder is heading for Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had reportedly also considered a move for another free agent, Ghana captain Stephen Appiah, but instead have chosen to take Brazilian Mineiro to the West London club.

Chelsea’s manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is a big admirer of Mineiro, from his time in charge of the Brazil team, with his assistant Flavio Mutosa confirming that the midfielder is on the verge of a move to Chelsea.

“We have practically completed the recruitment of Mineiro,” Murtosa told Radio Bandeirantes.

“He was available, out of contract with the German club, and at this time we had the chance to hire him and satisfy our need [for a new midfielder].”

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