He is often described as a £30 million Ukrainian tosspot and one of the most ridiculous foreign failures in the English Premier League. And now his stint with English football is drawing to a final curtain. Andriy Shevchenko might be one of the best strikers of his generation, the best ever footballer to have merged out of Ukraine and a UEFA Champions League winner with AC Milan but all those past laurels cannot deny the fact that Sheva is past his prime.
And this is the precise reason why Chelsea are ready to off-load him to virtually anywhere and spare themselves the blushes of feeding a constantly failing player in their team. Sheva might be one of Romam Abramovich’s best buddies but once upon a time so too was the ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Now where is he?
Sheva is now being linked with a move to the Italian Serie A where he has been one of the most potent and lethal strikers in his 7 years with Milan. Although Milan were thought to be one of the early bidders for Sheva, they have now gone cold on their offer with Inter Milan and Juventus emerging as the most likely contenders for the 31-year old.
Sheva wouldn’t come at a huge price either. Chelsea manager Avram Grant has already declared that boss Roman Abramovich is eager to let the player go for a mere £12 million and that won’t be even half the sum that the Russian splashed out in the 2006 summer to sign the Ukrainian from Milan. Yet the inability of Shevchenko is settle at the club that he had wanted to join has not helped the player or Mr. Abramovich and now it looks likely that Sheva’s days at Stamford Bridge are numbered and that he won’t be observed in a Chelsea shirt after the January transfer window opens.