Chelsea supporters in the Transfer Tavern are anticipating more arrivals before the conclusion of the transfer window.
Our resident Blues fans are conscious of the fact that their side is severely depleted if they intend to compete on all four fronts this season.
In addition to the need for squad depth, the champions’ requirement for new wing-backs is palpable. It is widely anticipated that Chelsea will be active over the remaining weeks of the window, and one player who has been recently linked with a move to West London is Southampton’s, Cedric Soares.
The 25-year-old would surely be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge as few would doubt it’s a huge step up from his current charges. However, our landlord believes there is a superior option the club really should pursue.
While our landlord recognises that Soares is a talented player, he believes that Porto’s Ricardo Pereira would be a better choice.
Rated at just £8.10m by Transfermarkt, Porto’s 23-year-old defender has spent the duration of the past two seasons on loan at Nice, a place in which he’s thrived.
The Portuguese defender is the epitome of a modern-day wing-back, equally competent while attacking or defending. He’s influential in equal measure at either end of the pitch, and at the age of 23, his potential is huge.
While Soares will be rightly perceived as the safer option, due to his experience at international level and in the Premier League, Pereira exhibits greater potential – a potential to become one of the very best players.
Therefore Antonio Conte should sign the promising defender, your move Chelsea.
Chelsea fans, do you agree? Let us know!