According to Il Tempo via talkSPORT, Chelsea are preparing an offer for Lazio man Felipe Anderson.
If ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is to take over at Stamford Bridge then he could make the Serie A star, Anderson, his first signing as Blues boss.
It’s easy to see the appeal of the wide man for this Chelsea team. If they were to revert to a back four, dispensing with wing backs – which Sarri would likely do, as he didn’t use them at Napoli – then Chelsea would find themselves lacking a threat from wide areas.
Both Hazard and Willian could take up those roles, but they both prefer to drift into central areas, which without an outlet on the flank would make Chelsea’s attack very narrow and easy for an opposition defence to contain.
Pedro would be the Blues other option to take up this berth, but his form has been poor for a while now and the new boss may well be eyeing an upgrade.
Anderson would come in and become Chelsea’s first choice out and out winger, and is valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt. Not that he should be Sarri’s first choice.
Over the past couple of seasons with Crystal Palace, Zaha has amply demonstrated that he’s capable of cutting it in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old’s big move to Old Trafford in 2013 simply came too soon. At a time of upheaval and transition for United, Zaha couldn’t find his feet.
He’s proven himself an elite level player since his return to Selhurst Park though, and now the time has come for the Ivorian to strut his stuff successfully for a top 6 side.
Unlike Anderson, Zaha has shown he’s got what it takes to perform to a top standard in England, and his dynamic, swashbuckling style would bring a whole new dimension to Chelsea’s current arsenal.
Zaha could become a difference maker at Stamford Bridge, and would be an excellent first flagship signing of the Sarri era.
Like Anderson, Zaha is considered to be worth £27 million by Transfermarkt, though in both cases the selling clubs would demand a much bigger fee.
Assuming Anderson and Zaha can both be got for roughly the same price, then Zaha would be the much savvier deal to strike for Chelsea.