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Saaladin
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Mertesacker would be an ideal signing for Chelsea IMO. Very big guy at 6'6 wins most aerial battles and also scores off set pieces. The other thing about this guy is that he is very nimble for a big man and doesn't give away fouls. Very technical defender and very complete. He is also only 26 and has plenty of international experience.

He is currently at Werder Bremen and can probably be had for a decent price. Rumor is that he is interested in leaving Werder and even Germany asap.

http://www.sport.co.uk/news/Football/48163/EXCLUSIVE_Mertesacker_alerts_Wenger_after_transfer_U-turn.aspx

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Should probably go in the rumors forum.

As for the player himself, I want a defender in jan but I dont know if its him. All I know of Mertesacker outside of the odd Bundesliga game are his international games, and every German player looks like the second coming of Beckenbauer when they play internationals, so.....

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Should probably go in the rumors forum.

As for the player himself, I want a defender in jan but I dont know if its him. All I know of Mertesacker outside of the odd Bundesliga game are his international games, and every German player looks like the second coming of Beckenbauer when they play internationals, so.....

I wouldn't agree with your assessment of the Germans outside of the German team. Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Klose among others were key to their CL and League success.

Ozil, a player who for the life of me can't understand why Chelsea didn't try to sign, is having a fantastic season at Real as is Khedeira. This is a new generation of German player development.

And I didn't intend to post it as a rumor. I meant it as a discussion on the player and how he would fit Chelsea.

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He has actually been linked to Arsenal before, so good call. But, yes, considering their track record with CBs and Werder's style of play I dont know if he would fit here. Riccy Carvalho was a very technically gifted 26 year old CB but it did take him some time to bed in when he came to England, and show his true class.

I wouldn't agree with your assessment of the Germans outside of the German team. Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Klose among others were key to their CL and League success.

Ozil, a player who for the life of me can't understand why Chelsea didn't try to sign, is having a fantastic season at Real as is Khedeira. This is a new generation of German player development.

And I didn't intend to post it as a rumor. I meant it as a discussion on the player and how he would fit Chelsea.

Well, yes, those players bar Klose were really important to Bayern, but they have been either touted as world class before (Lahm, Schwein) or are new on the scene (Muller). I dont really agree with Klose, as he has scored some important goals for Bayern, but never really looked like the amazing goal machine he was at Werder. I wasnt questioning youre judgement, but my point is that Germany is so well organized at times, it makes many players look better than they would be out of that system.

Ozil's situation, I think, was a tricky one. For what he cost Real Madrid, any team in the world would have been in line to sign him, especially ourselves and Man Utd who at times have a very obvious lack of a creative "AM" kind of player.

An educated guess leads me to the conclusion that there are things going on behind the scenes that we are not privy to. Namely that as young Ozil took off like a rocket in South Africa, becoming aware that a team like Real Madrid with Jose wanted him to sign he really only had eyes for them. That is really what makes the most sense, becasue surely a half dozen other teams wouldve gladly paid double the 12 million euro fee to nab that kid after what he did for Germany.

The same logic applies, for me, in the case of Rafa van der Vaart. But there, it was club and not player who might have been the determining factor in the transfer. Van der Vaart probably had a few bigger clubs chasing him, but Real Madrid probably werent about to sell him to another contender for the CL. So, to the outside,it looks like a host of clubs passed on the player when in fact its more likely they were never even considered.

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