Chelsea continue to be in somewhat of a spot of turmoil, as the Blues continue to toil in the Premier League after suffering back to back losses against Bournemouth and Watford.
Manager Antonio Conte continues to come under increased pressure but, at the time of writing, was still hanging on to his job by the skin of his teeth and preparing for another Monday Night Football encounter with West Brom.
Here in the Tavern, our Blues fans think the club need to add some steel to their midfield, and after the performance of Tiemoue Bakayoko in midweek, our landlord can completely see their logic.
In the summer, our landlord thinks the club should stick with Conte, and allow him to make move for a midfielder he coached when in charge of Italy – current AC Milan man, Riccardo Montolivo.
The experienced Italian is still plying his trade with the Rossineri to good effect and despite being in his early 30s now, Montolivo is still a class act who would improve the Chelsea midfield no end.
Montolivo will offer a steady head and in a day and age where clubs are paying over the odds for younger unproven players, Conte and Chelsea would know exactly what they were getting if they were to seal a deal for the classy Italian.
Good on the ball, disciplined in his role, and a calming influence to those around him, Montolivo would represent an excellent piece of business for the Blues if they were to sign him this summer.