FERREIRA SET FOR NEWCASTLE
Chelsea’s Portuguese right back Paulo Ferreira could be set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer after it was revealed that Newcastle United could turn their attention towards the Portuguese should they fail in their attempts to bring French defender Debuchy to the club.
Newcastle United have been holding talks with the French left back after his elimination from the Euro 2012 with the French national team.
The 26 year-old has emerged as one of the stars of the Euro 2012, despite the French national team not performing well in most of the matches. Newcastle have been linked with a £ 9 million move for the defender.
However, should the deal not go through for any reason, then they are likely to shift their attention towards the 33-year-old Portuguese defender Paulo Ferreira. The former FC Porto defender has grown frustrated about the lack of first-team opportunities at Chelsea.
He has played very little football in the last three seasons at Chelsea. Last season was exceptionally poor in terms of the number of appearances he made for the club, although he managed to lift his second Champions League title of the career. Following the release of José Bosingwa, it remains to be seen if Chelsea will be willing to listen to offers for the Portuguese defender, who has been at the club since 2004.
He was one of the first major signings made by the former Chelsea manager José Mourinho. He was instrumental in helping Chelsea win the league titles in 2004 and 2005. However, he has fallen out of favour in the last few seasons under managers like Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto di Matteo. He has played more than 200 matches for the club in the last eight years, and is regarded as one of the experienced players in the country.