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TT Introduces: The transfer tussle Chelsea simply cannot afford to lose

TT Introduces: The transfer tussle Chelsea simply cannot afford to lose

Maurizio Sarri will be pleased with how his first 10 Premier League games as Chelsea boss have gone.

The Blues currently sit in third place on 24 points — just two behind Liverpool and Manchester City — and remain unbeaten in all competitions this season so far.

Being in such a strong position, Chelsea could now look to bolster their squad in January when the transfer window opens as they attempt to keep pace with the Premier League’s current top two teams.

And one player who Sarri supposedly has in his sights is AC Milan’s Suso.

According to CalcioMercato, there has already been contact between Suso’s agent and the Chelsea hierarchy while the Italian outlet also reported earlier this year that the Spaniard’s former club Liverpool could look to re-sign him in the near future.

The 2016/17 Premier League champions, though, must ensure they come out on top in any potential transfer tussle for £36m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Suso. He would be the perfect addition to their squad.

In this moment of time, Chelsea’s attack is quite lopsided. On the right-hand side, neither Willian or Pedro can match anything close to Eden Hazard’s output on the left.

As a result, despite their 4-0 victory over Burnley last Sunday, the Blues often struggle to create genuine goal-scoring opportunities and look blunt overall in attack without their talisman.

With a more offensive-minded manager such as Sarri, that may change. But at 30 (Willian) and 31 (Pedro), Chelsea need to start looking for a long-term successor on the right flank anyway, and Suso is definitely a great option to consider.

His ability to cut in from that area of the pitch with his left foot and cause havoc before firing away a curling shot towards goal or slipping a through ball into a team-mate is exactly what Chelsea need.

This campaign, the 24-year-old has already managed to register seven Serie A assists, showing the sort of productivity he could offer the Blues in attack.

Ultimately, if Chelsea want to remain in the equation alongside Manchester City and Liverpool come May, then they need more firepower going forward, something which Suso would undoubtedly add.

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