Chase me, chase me, chase me! â€¦ oh, they’ve buggered off. Sevilla, the little teases, have apparently failed in their bid to get Roman Abramovich to part with almost Â£25m for a right-back/Star Trek character. They should really have accepted Chelsea’s reported bid of Â£21.5m, which is still way over the odds for Alves, who is very good, but not that good.
So Chelsea have looked elsewhere, quite rightly. They have signed Juliano Belletti from Barcelona on a two-year deal â€“ as long as personal terms and a medical are sorted out in the next few days.
Belletti, the Brazilian who scored the winning goal in Barcelona’s Champions League win over Arsenal in 2006, is a solid, experienced (he’s 31) player who will add depth and strength in a position where Chelsea look a bit thin. He’s not as dynamic as Alves, but he is a hell of a lot cheaper.