Following last year’s triumph in the Premier League, there have been murmurs of discontent in the amongst the Chelsea fans at the Transfer Tavern after this year’s underwhelming second campaign under Antonio Conte. With hopes of a top-four finish all but ended and rumours of another managerial change, it’s been a season to forget for everyone involved at Stamford Bridge.
An indifferent season has led to discontent at the Bridge with Conte rumoured to be considering his future after two disappointing transfer windows, starting with being beaten by Manchester United to the signature of Romelu Lukaku. Now, with Europa League all but guaranteed and the only hope of silverware coming in the FA Cup with a semi-final date against Southampton to look forward to on Sunday, the Blues in our bar are really rather depressed.
The decision to change to a 3-5-2 formation last season was a revelation but this year defensive frailties have been exposed following a dip in form to the likes of Gary Cahill and David Luiz. Paired with the inexperience shown by Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger struggling to find his best since his summer move from Roma, all this has led to a big summer required for the Blues to get back to the top of English and European football.
A bid for Kalidou Koulibaly has previously been rejected by Napoli but interest in the Senegalese defender must remain high with the Blues being rivalled by Arsenal and Liverpool for his signature according to reports. An imposing 6 ft 1 defender who oozes composure on the ball paired with defensive solidarity the 26-year-old has been at the heart of the Napoli backline that have narrowly missed out on the title to Juventus.
Valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, it would cost the Blues a healthy sum for the defender to head to London, but with a big summer on the cards in the transfer window, there is no doubt Roman Abramovich would be keen to bolster his defensive ranks, with Koulibaly fitting the mould replacing the struggling Cahill and Luiz, he would fit perfectly into the Chelsea system.
Chelsea fans, what do you think?