The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern want to see some new players join the club this summer…
There are positions up and down the Chelsea first team that need to see reinforcements. Offensively, the Blues are lacking depth beyond Diego Costa, whilst some fans in the pub want Antonio Conte to sign a new midfielder to partner N’Golo Kante. One position that doesn’t need any more depth, though, is at left-back. There were concerns in the Transfer Tavern, then, when the Blues were linked with a move for Alex Sandro. In truth, the move would be a huge mistake – and here’s why.
First and foremost, you have to consider Chelsea’s current requirements. Sandro, a natural left back, would, in theory, come in and be a decent option. He brings an excellent balance of attack and defence, delivering fantastic crosses and passes, whilst also maintaining defensive solidity. However, is there really a need for him at Stamford Bridge? Marcos Alonso was seriously impressive during his debut season in England, delivering consistent performances for the Blues. On top of that, Nathan Ake was brought back to Stamford Bridge at the mid-way point of last season, and he has impressed in that role when given a chance. Two options for the same role might suggest that spending €70 million – which is what Juventus are said to be demanding – isn’t really worth it.
That price is a big issue, too. €70 million, which translates to around £62 million, is a lot of money, especially for a role that has ample depth already. It isn’t a position that will win or lose you games, and so those funds would be better placed elsewhere.
It is an important summer for Chelsea, and spending that much on this player is not what Conte needs.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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