This article forms part of our Transfer Scenario feature, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at a recent transfer rumour and suggests what the potential consequences would be, should a deal be completed.
Despite being under a well-documented transfer ban until next summer’s transfer window, Chelsea appear to have been keeping an eye on some of the current rising stars and make a list of players they will wish to target, should they still be available.
One such player that appears to be on the club’s wishlist is Bruno Guimarães, a defensive midfielder that has been excelling for Brazilian outfit Athletico Paranaense in recent years.
According to a recent report by Globo Esporte, Chelsea are understood to have watched the 21-year-old very closely and are claimed to have seen the South American in action five times already this season.
Indeed, should Frank Lampard look to sign the youngster next summer, there will be some potential consequences that the west London outfit will need to consider, both of the good and bad variety. Here are just a couple that the SW6 side will need to think about…
Who does Guimarães replace in midfield?
Chelsea are not short of riches when it comes to their central midfield options, as a quick look at their squad list would instantly make that apparent. As Transfermarkt point out, Lampard has Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount when playing deeper and even, to some extent, Marco van Ginkel available to him (although the latter is, perhaps, debatable).
With WhoScored noting that the Blues like to play a 4-3-3 formation on a regular basis, it begs the question as to who Guimarães would replace in the side and whether he would upset the balance at all.
The likes of Kante and Jorginho, perhaps, could be the most likely to find their positions under threat if the South American were to arrive, despite being solid performers in recent years.
The France international has, arguably, been one of Chelsea’s best players since joining from Leicester City and has continued to shine at Stamford Bridge. The 28-year-old managed to record an average of 2.1 tackles per match in his 36 Premier League appearances last season, as well as 1.2 interceptions.
Jorginho also achieved 2.1 tackles in his 37 top-flight outings, with an interception rate of 1.7, whilst he has also started the current campaign in fine fashion, with three tackles and two interceptions per match in his first five (WhoScored).
Going based on those figures, it would surely be difficult to leave either man out of the team.
Could offer Chelsea more in the middle
The 21-year-old has proven to be effective as a central midfielder as well as defensively though, as Breaking the Lines noted in a scout report of theirs that he ‘is a mix of a deep-lying playmaker and a box-to-box midfielder’ that ‘isn’t afraid get forward and join the attack either’.
According to his strengths (per WhoScored), his passing ability appears to be rather exceptional and his stats this season appear to back up the idea that he can make things happen with the ball.
Guimarães averages two key passes per game for Athletico Paranaense at the moment and completes 89.6% of the attempts he makes to find a team-mate.
Breaking the Lines also stated ‘his two biggest strengths are his vision and his passing’, whilst they also wrote that the 21-year-old consistently looks to play the ball forward, rather than pushing the play backwards.
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