Chelsea fans have taken to Twitter to express their opinions on the recent reports that suggest their club are ‘keen’ on signing Nice defender Youcef Atal.
Chelsea were unable to sign new players in the summer because of their transfer ban, however, the Mirror reports the club have appealed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport so they can acquire players in the January window.
If the appeal is declined, the Blues will have to wait until the summer to sign whoever they please and the Daily Mail reports that Chelsea are after African ace Atal once the ban is over.
The full-back managed to produce six goals and one assist last season and was deployed in a number of positions – including right-back, right midfield and right winger, but the majority of his appearances came at right-back.
Currently, captain Cesar Azpiliceuta occupies the right-back slot but the Spaniard has had a topsy-turvy start to the new campaign, registering a 5/10 in a recent performance against Sheffield United (as per Football.london).
Indeed, in the wake of Azpiliceuta’s up and down form, Frank Lampard plans on bringing Reece James directly into the side (as per Daily Star). However, it remains to be seen as to why Lampard would need another right-back in terms of Atal, with Azpilicueta and James already providing a mix of experience and youth at the club.
Although, Chelsea fans were more than open to the idea of him joining as they gave positive responses to the news…
Atal is better than Reece James though right now.
— (@JorginhoRegista) September 11, 2019
— MoFayz.18 (@Mohamed99209393) September 11, 2019
Would be great @ChelseaFC
— Soler (@Solerfredo) September 11, 2019
Atal would be an absolute top signing
— Vik Sohonie (@VikSoho) September 11, 2019
If he cost 35M, we should sign him ASAP.
— Chemberleen (@chemberleen) September 11, 2019
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Thats a nice right back
— AK (@PRiNCEAK_) September 11, 2019