Date: 12th May 2008 at 8:49pm
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Chelsea have signed another player who has been heavily linked with United: Jose Bosingwa of Porto.

The Portuguese right-back was even rumoured to have signed for United at one point but his club denied it. As it seems, Chelsea have pounced afterwards.

It’s not the first time that Chelsea signed a player who was first linked with United. It started, of course, with Arjen Robben: he was shamelessly stolen by Peter Kenyon, the same man who thwarted United in our efforts to sign Ronaldinho.

Damien Duff was often linked with United before eventually signing for Chelsea and Michael Essien’s name was first heard in England in relation to a possible move to Manchester United.

Michael Ballack’s name was first mentioned alongside Manchester United but he ended up at Chelsea. And obviously there is the most famous case, John Obi Mikel who actually signed for United before changing his mind and joining Chelsea.

One must wonder if Chelsea have a scouting system at all? What does Frank Arnesen do? Scouring the papers to find out which players United are interested in and then convincing Abramovich to splash the cash on them to thwart the biggest rivals?

Of all the players who weren’t linked to United, only Drogba, Cech and Carvalho were good signings. Sidwell, Pizarro, Shevchenko, Malouda and Ben Haim were unambigous failures… So their best bet is to continue this policy – but Fergie will still sign players like Nani and Anderson, out of the blue, unexpectedly. And that way even Chelsea can’t lure them with roubles.