For the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern, signing a few new midfielders should be near the top of Antonio Conte’s summer wish list…
Whilst the Blues impressed during the 2016/17 campaign, the midfield trio of N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas did grow tiresome at points, with Chelsea sometimes struggling in the heart of the midfield.
N’Golo Kante, of course, was a revelation, but Matic and Fabregas occasionally blew hot and cold, and this is something that Antonio Conte must address this summer.
This is made even more important by the impending return of the Champions League, with the European competition likely going to force Conte into bulking out his squad somewhat this summer. Given that Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation demands hard work and tactical awareness, the Italian will need to ensure that he is only looking towards high-quality targets – and according to the Independent, the Blues are said to be closing in on the first of these.
The Independent are reporting that Chelsea are close to sealing a deal for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, with the Frenchman impressing in Ligue 1 over the course of the 2016/17 campaign.
Unsurprisingly, this has pleased the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern, with many pointing towards Bakayoko’s aggressive and relentless style as the perfect mix alongside N’Golo Kante.
The fans on the Chelsea subreddit have taken a very similar stance, and though the deal might see midfielder Nemanja Matic leave the club, most fans are fully behind the idea of Bakayoko joining.
See what they had to say below…