Monday, July 24, 2017

Does Chelsea need deadline day signings?

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has not managed to strengthen his Blues squad in January

As we know today is transfer deadline day. Up and down the country English clubs are in a mad frenzy to sign new players, despite the fact they had the whole month of January to do, not forgetting the whole of the summer.

One club that does not need any deadline day signings seems to be Premier League leaders Chelsea.

However, earlier today I heard a discussion on a certain television network suggest that maybe the Blues need reinforcements.

At the moment, the Blues look reasonably well covered to sustain their position until the end of the campaign without signings.

Players heading for the exit

In January the Blues have allowed the likes of Brazilian playmaker Oscar and Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel leave the club. The pair were considered surplus to requirements by the Blues and boss Antonio Conte.

It seems Blues stalwart Branislav Ivanovic is also heading to Russian club Zenit St Petersburg. Sky Sports reported earlier today that the Serbian defender was on the way to meet his new teammates in Spain for the clubs warm weather training.

The exits and likely exit of Ivanovic will free up both transfer funds and wages if the Blues wanted to recruit new faces before the deadline at 11PM tonight.

Frustrated in their search for new signings

Chelsea have been linked with moves for a number of players, not just on deadline day but throughout the month. One of their main transfer targets was reportedly Spanish striker Fernando Llorente.

However, his boss at Swansea Paul Clement has stressed how important the striker is to their relegation battle. It always seemed unlikely that the Welsh side would sell their star striker in January.

According to reports from Sky Italy, Inter’s French winger Jonathan Biabiany has turned down a loan move to the Blues. The 28-year-old has struggled for game time with the Nerazzurri this season.

However, the winger is believed to have turned down a move because of a worry of not featuring on a regular basis for the Blues. The former Sampdoria star has also been linked with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

Chelsea were also interested in signing Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac. The defender is highly rated and his contract runs out in the summer. However, his German club have stated that he will not be sold before the transfer deadline.

The Blues are likely to renew their interest in the summer, but could face interest from Italian giants Juventus for Bosnia and Herzegovina international. Chelsea boss Conte obviously saw Kolasinac as competition for left wing back Marcos Alonso.

The leaders were even linked with a move to sign Celtic’s highly rated young striker Moussa Dembele. The former Fulham star is in London, but only to get treatment for a foot injury. It seems unlikely that the Blues will be signing the 20-year-old in the next couple of hours.

Chelsea have a big game tonight

Chelsea have a very good squad and that squad are currently fairing very well in the Premier League, eight points clear at the top of the table.

The Blues current squad are preparing for a massive clash at Liverpool tonight, a game that the Blues are odds of 19/10 to win. A victory would put the Blues in a very good position in the race to win the Premier League title.

The way the Blues are playing it would not be a major surprise if Chelsea win at Anfield this evening. Antonio Conte has looked to strengthen his squad no doubt. However,  the Italian has not been able to bring in new players.

However, with or without new signings Chelsea are very strong and look like hot favourites for the title. For me, Chelsea have a strong enough squad to win the Premier League this season.

Does Chelsea need deadline day signings?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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