The Chelsea supporters have been discussing their club’s transfer policy in the Transfer Tavern of late as Antonio Conte continues to complain about the size of his squad in the British media.
Chelsea ambitions to collect silverware took a decisive blow on Wednesday evening as they crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the semi-final stage of the competition. The result has left Chelsea with only three trophies available to win this year, but it’s fair to say that only two of those trophies are achievable considering Manchester City’s dominance at the top of the Premier League.
Much has been made of the performance of the Chelsea players in the aftermath of the game, but the main discussion to emerge has concerned Conte’s post-match comments. His comments once again hinted at his frustration regarding the clubs transfer policy this season, and it appears the Italian is edging closer to breaking point.
With that being said, it is essential that Roman Abramovich provides Conte with the funds to sign Lazio’s star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and make a huge statement to the rest of the league this month. Milinkovic-Savic (valued at £49.5 million by Transfermarkt) has been one of the stars of Lazio’s brilliant season so far whilst operating in the centre of midfield.
Lazio have been punching above their weight in Serie A this season as they now sit in 3rd place in the Italian top-flight just 8 points adrift of league-leaders Napoli. The Serbian international has been an instrumental figure in Lazio’s campaign, and aside from the lethal Ciro Immobile, he has been their player of the season thus far.
Although he stands tall at 6ft 3in, Milinkovic-Savic is by no means a target man or purely a physical presence to bully the opposition in midfield, as possesses the skill and guile of a player some 6 inches shorter.
Milinkovic-Savic has already scored 7 goals and provided 3 assists from his 20 appearances in Serie A this season, including a classy brace against Chievo last weekend, and the Lazio supporters will certainly be expecting him to add to that tally during the remainder of the campaign.
The 22-year-old’s stock will continue to rise whilst he impresses in the Italian top-flight, so Abramovich should bring him to Stamford Bridge this month in a bid to strengthen the spine of the team and convince Antonio Conte to remain Chelsea’s manager beyond the end of the season.
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