The News Of The World on Sunday reported that Chelsea are weighing up a bid for Valenciaâ€™s 25-year-old right winger Pablo Hernandez. The Spaniard has been one of the top performers in La Liga this season.
Hernandez is Los Che through and through, as he is a product of its youth system. He made his first team debut in the 2005-2006 season . He was then loaned out to Cadiz to gain some professional experience.
On his return to the Mestalla he was quickly sold to Getafe as a make-weight in a deal to bring Alexis to Valencia. He was a Getafe player for a solitary season as Valencia brought him back for a paltry â‚¬1 million in January 2008 on a six-year contract.
Since his return to the Mestalla, he has made 41 appearances scoring 8 goals and providing 8 assists.
Hernandez is an old fashioned winger. His game does not rely on step-overs and tricks but rather acceleration, feints and jinks to outwit defenders. His close control is excellent and the ball looks as if it is tied to his boots. He can unlock a defence with his dribbling or an excellent pass.
However, he stands at just 5ft 8 inches and has a wiry frame. Although his work rate is high there are questions about his strength and mental fortitude. Two key ingredients in the Premier League.
Whilst it is possible to adjust and develop the mental and physical qualities required, just look at Nani this season, at 25 he is not a young player who is still developing but almost the finished article.
Ancelloti will have to decide if he can adapt quickly to the rigours of the Premier League like Robert Pires did at Arsenal.
Hernandez has a release clause of â‚¬55 million but Valencia’s desperate financial plight has made this irrelevant as they face up to losing stars this summer to service debts of around Â£300m.
Chelsea have made their interest in the player known to his representative Mario Parri as the club looks to reduce the average age of their squad.
It is a bit of a gamble to take him to Stamford Bridge as there are serious doubts about whether he can adapt to the rigours of the Premier League. Nevertheless, he is an exciting player who can unlock defences and it will be Ancellotiâ€™s call whether he is worth the risk.
It will take a bid of around â‚¬15 million to prise the Spanish international to the Bridge.
Video evidence of Pablo Hernandez can be seen here.