It’s not been the busiest summer thus far for the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern, who are yet to welcome a new face through the Stamford Bridge doors.
Still, having won the Premier League title at a relative canter last term, the Blues in the bar realise it’ll take quite the player to improve on their current options, so any additions must indeed be astute.
Smart business is in order this summer and, for many of our west London locals, reports from the Daily Express hint at some very clever moves indeed.
They claim Cesc Fabregas is now likely to stay at Stamford Bridge this summer, despite recent links with a move away. Antonio Conte is believed to have made a transfer U-turn on the Spaniard and the World Cup winner looks likely sticking about in SW6.
Though Fabregas would surely walk into most European sides, he largely operated behind Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante, used to full effect as a game-changing substitute.
Indeed, the former Arsenal and Barcelona man helped swing games into Conte’s favour, so the notion of losing him next term would have left a gaping hole in the Italian’s squad.
Replacing a man as talented as the 29-year-old would cost millions. When on form, there are few better passers of the ball in world football and his presence in the Champions League will be a major boost to anybody connected with the Blues going forward.
Able to operate as either a No.10 or a deep-lying playmaker, the Spanish international allows a master tactician like Conte a vast amount of tactical flexibility ahead of a much busier schedule next term.
While additions are clearly needed, this could be the best move Chelsea make this summer.