Chelsea have had a tough few summers on the transfer front, with far more misses arriving at Stamford Bridge than the usual hits. That’s been a problem for the Blues, as it’s clear that improvement is needed.
Fortunately, this summer, something appears to be changing, as earlier this week, the Blues were linked with one of Europe’s best in the form of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba. According to SPORT, the Spaniard is attracting the interest of the Blues, with his current side yet to offer him a new deal.
It’s a move that would be a huge surprise, but it’s hard to suggest that it would be a good one.
Alba – who is rated at £54 million by Transfer Markt – has enjoyed a fantastic few years over at the Nou Camp, and he’s emerged as one of Europe’s best. Defensively, he’s a brilliant tackler and his positioning is great, and that makes him quite the asset at the back.
However, naturally, at a team like Barcelona, his mains strengths lie going forward. His incredible pace makes him a real menace down the left-hand side of the pitch, whilst his crossing and dribbling allow him to be a real goal threat. That was exemplified last season with his return of 12 assists in all competitions, alongside 3 goals. With Chelsea favouring wing-backs, this would be hugely important.
Alba’s potential arrival has more to consider than just his role in the team though. His aforementioned qualities would also undoubtedly make life even more difficult for Emerson Palmieri. His career has yet to really get started at Stamford Bridge, with Marcos Alonso often preferred in the position, and if Chelsea were to sign Alba, his future would evidently look bleak.
He’s never really been able to settle at Stamford Bridge, and a further hurdle in his position would make his already tough challenge of getting regular minutes even more difficult.
Alba, then, though he would be a great signing – would have far-reaching consequences were he to come to Chelsea.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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