Chelsea kept pace with the Premier League leaders following a routine 2-0 victory against Fulham at the weekend.
Despite a brave performance from Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham side, the Cottagers were ultimately no match for Maurizio Sarri’s men. Spanish winger, Pedro, opened the scoring in the first-half before Ruben Loftus-Cheek converted after some wonderful build-up play with Eden Hazard. The victory leaves Chelsea five points behind Liverpool in second and one point clear of Arsenal in fourth.
The January transfer window is now less than a month away, and Sarri could be set to strengthen his squad after being given limited time to conduct business in the summer after replacing Antonio Conte. Reports suggest the ex-Napoli boss wants a new right winger and is a massive fan of Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic. However, the German side reportedly want at least £70m for their prized asset.
Instead, the Blues should attempt to lure Bayern Munich winger – Arjen Robben – back to the club. Valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, the Dutch winger joined Chelsea back in 2004 before joining Real Madrid then moving to the Bundesliga. The 34-year-old developed into one of the best wingers in the world during his time at Munich, lifting seven Bundesliga titles and one Champions League trophy. However, the iconic winger has revealed he will leave the club at the end of the season after his contract expires.
Despite approaching the end of his career, Robben continues to perform at the highest level, scoring seven goals already this season; including two in the Champions League. The Dutchman remains in top shape and would give Sarri another quality option on the right side. Manchester United showed with Zlatan Ibrahimovic that bringing an ageing player to the Premier League can prove to be a success and Chelsea fans shouldn’t turn their noses up at the idea of Robben returning to England.
Available for nothing – this move could prove to be a masterstroke.
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