The Chelsea fans were delighted to welcome Olivier Giroud to the club on deadline day, but they could not help look on with a tinge of envy for Arsenal’s acquisition of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Throughout the January window, Chelsea were linked with a whole host of Premier League strikers that both perplexed and excited the supporters. The rumours which involved the likes of Ashley Barnes and Andy Carroll certainly did little to inspire the imagination of the Blues faithful, so it’s no surprise they were delighted with the signing of Giroud on deadline day.
Giroud’s deadline day deal was part of a chain of transfers between Chelsea, Arsenal and Dortmund which saw Aubameyang, Giroud and Batshuayi all complete transfers on the same day. Although the Chelsea supporters may not be prepared to admit it, there’s no doubt that Arsenal secured the best signing of the day by landing Aubameyang.
However, Chelsea should be encouraged by The Gunners ability to sign Borussia Dortmund’s top goalscorer, as his transfer suggests that Bundesliga stars who don’t play for Bayern Munich are enticed by a move to the Premier League. With that being said, Antonio Conte should be considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s rising star Leon Bailey (rated at £22.25m by Transfermarkt) at the end of the season.
First and foremost, Bailey looks destined to be a star in European football based on his career in the Bundesliga so far, but the fact that Eden Hazard is reportedly a target for Real Madrid should further convince Chelsea to pursue Bailey’s signature.
Real Madrid have been widely tipped to bring Hazard to the Bernabeu at the end of the season as Ronaldo’s age and Bale’s problems with injury may force Zinedine Zidane to usher in a new era of galacticos.
If Los Blancos do indeed manage to prize Hazard away from Chelsea then Conte will need to secure a replacement, and he should look no further than Leon Bailey who will undoubtedly relish the prospect of fighting for silverware in the English top-flight.