A look at three potential Chelsea signings
The summer transfer window is a time for managers to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their squads and make the changes necessary to address key areas where they may be lacking in talent. Big squads and well-known teams are always dipping their hands into the transfer market during the summer in order to continue the chase for the titles in their respective leagues and the trophies from European competition. In recent years, one of the major players in the transfer market has been Chelsea, constantly shelling out millions of pounds in order to bring the best and the brightest stars to Stamford Bridge. Here we will take a look at some of the players that have been linked with the Blues and determine whether or not those transfers are likely to take place.
The young Argentine is enjoying his best form to date at Inter Milan, having already netted 17 goals in league play for the Nerazzuri. After scoring ten goals for Sampdoria the Argentine striker was plucked from their ranks for €12 million and quickly found his way into Inter’s lineup, scoring nine goals for them in the 2013/14 season. The young striker is quick and absolutely lethal from inside the penalty box. A target man through and through, Icardi could be a young star that lights up the Premier League next season. With his eye for goal and deadly poaching skills the Argentine could be a tantalizing target for Jose Mourinho over the summer if Diego Costa and Loic Remy’s injury problems continue.
There are only two problems facing Icardi’s potential move to Chelsea. First and foremost is the undeniable talent of Diego Costa. Even after missing a few matches this season, the Spanish striker still has 19 goals to his name and many would suspect he would top the goal-scorers list if he was in good health.
“We won’t sell Icard, he’s one of our most important players.”
- Inter President, Erick Thohir
The other problem is that Inter does not want to sell Icardi. Inter Milan is currently sitting in 9th place in the Serie A after another dismal season in Italy. Icardi has been a shining light in the dark for the Nerazzuri and they surely wouldn’t want to let go of a young talent like Icardi if a restructuring of the team occurs over the summer. Icardi’s excellent form despite his club’s dismal performance would surely hike up the transfer value of the Argentinean as Inter Milan would look to get as much as they possibly can for the young poacher.
With Branislav Ivanovic’s contract running out in less than a year, and the apparent interest of Bayern Munich in the Serbian, Chelsea will potentially be looking to the transfer market for a younger replacement. Enter Aaron Cresswell, West Ham’s 25-year-old right back. The young Englishman has been in fine form this season for West Ham with two goals and four assists to his name. Aaron Cresswell made his move from The Tractor Boys in the Championship after they failed to achieve promotion last season. In the Championship, Cresswell was one of the most impressive players.
He scored two goals and registered 12 assists for Ipswich Town. The 25 year old is also capable defensively. He has averaged 1.2 tackles per game as well as 1.4 aerials won. Guardiola has hinted that Bayern Munich is not in the market for Ivanovic until his contract runs out in January, but with the right back reaching 32 years of age this season, Mourinho would be wise to start looking for a replacement. Cresswell is capable of slotting in on the left side of defense, which would allow the right footed Azpilicueta to move back to his more natural rightback position.
At this point, everyone knows who Paul Pogba is. You simply cannot mention bright, young talents without bringing up the promising 22-year-old French International. Since his move to Juventus from Manchester United, Pogba has been lighting up the Seria A and the international stage alike. This season, the midfielder has scored seven goals and managed to pick up two assists for the black and white side from Turin. This season, per WhoScored.com, Pogba has received a 7.78 match rating which puts him at 12th in the world in terms of match rating. For a 22-year-old, that’s simply incredible.
There’s no question that Pogba would bring something special to any team’s midfield, but I think that he is perfectly suited for Chelsea’s style of play. At Juventus, Pogba plays the role of a box-to-box midfielder, meaning that he applies pressure offensively and defensively. After watching him at the World Cup this past summer, it is easy to see that Pogba is adept at the role he plays. The reason I believe Pogba is suited for Chelsea’s play style is because of the two holding midfielders in their 4231 formation, positions that are usually occupied by Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic. With Oscar’s rumored sale in order to free up the funds necessary to make a move for Pogba, the attacking midfield position would open, leaving Fabregas as the best option to play in the role. I think we can all agree that Fabregas is better as an attacking midfielder than a holding midfielder. When the Spaniard has played in that position, Chelsea has looked deadly because of his excellent link up play with the wings and the striker. Pogba could then slot in next to Nemanja Matic and continue to play the box-to-box midfielder role.
Pogba would provide Chelsea with a midfielder that is a combination of Matic and Fabregas. He has the skills, shot, and overall match intelligence as Fabregas, but also the killer instinct of Matic. With Pogba’s addition to the team, Mourinho would have three of the world’s best at his disposal in the center of the pitch making Chelsea an even more formidable opponent down the road.
Whether or not these signings come to Stamford Bridge over the summer is still up in the air as Jose Mourinho has not made any clear statements regarding the Blues’ summer transfers. The Portuguese manager stated in his post match interview after their 3-1 win to Leicester City that Chelsea is what “every team wants to be.” With that statement and the likely return of Loic Remy and Diego Costa to be the side in the next few weeks, it is unclear if Mourinho will be in the market and for whom. However, if Mourinho decides to dip his hands into the transfer market these players could be the first ones he considers.
Edited by Jeremy Losak.
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