For the last few weeks it has been heavily reported that Chelsea are seeking to bring in more players who match the home grown status in order to comply with the FA’s rules.
Three of those players continuingly linked are English Internationals Danny Drinkwater from Leicester, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal and Ross Barkley from Everton.
If we were to only sign one and you asked me who is the most likely, it must be Barkley.
Everton have already stated that he is definitely leaving this summer and although there is alleged competition for his signature, I believe that he would see genuine opportunities and excitement about joining Antonio Conte and the champions of England. The reports are he’d go for about £25 million, which in this market you must say is a good deal.
With the injuries to Tiemoue Bakayoko and Eden Hazard, there would be chances for the versatile 23-year old to fill in and stake a claim. He also offers different abilities and options to our midfielders already at the Club. But as I say, we face stern competition from the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United.
So what about Drinkwater? Slightly older head bringing experience and a more combative style of play. The type of all round midfielder who will provide support to the defence and be a useful addition going forward.
His Manager has stated that he is not for sale, offering the type of templated answer that Managers do of their players this time of the year. But I believe the player is very keen on the move.
Leicester though, are likely to price Chelsea out of it, unless the England International forces a move by requesting a transfer, that could be the difference.
Finally, there are wide reports that Chelsea are about to bid £35 million for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Another one that adds versatility and in terms of making sense, this target definitely makes the most to me. He can fill a number of positions and will surely be bought in to play a wing back role.
The issue here is that his Manager Arsene Wenger seems to be intent on making him stay at the Club, despite the player already saying that he will not be signing a new contract there.
With one year left and the potential to lose a lot of talent for free, surely Arsenal will allow him to go? But again, there will be competition for Chelsea.
I’ll finish off by reiterating my wild card of the summer, as the window approaches the 20 days remaining point, I believe our chances of resigning Ryan Bertrand are increasing. I have said for a while that I would not be surprised if we signed him this window.
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