The twist and turns of a transfer window can be compared to Diego Maradona’s incredible solo goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.
Chelsea were reportedly keen on signing Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayako this summer, after he had a wonderful campaign for the French champions. But that move seems to have died down, with Chelsea reportedly frustrated with the many intermediaries involved in the deal.
The Blues have now turned attention to Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso. The 22-year-old has had a good season for the French giants despite their inability to claim a Champions League spot, and his possible arrival has in turn led to some question marks over the future of Chelsea’s current central midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic.
Matic had a season filled with mixed fortunes; he looked excellent at times, average on many occasions and also produced a lethargic performance on many occasions, the highlight being the 2-1 FA Cup final loss against Arsenal. It is being reported that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is willing to let the Serbian go this summer.
So what’s the media’s take on Cesc Fabregas, the man many Chelsea fans have touted as ‘Fabrepass’?
Despite Fabregas’ limited starts for Chelsea this past season, the Spaniard still managed to get 12 assists and ended the season on a strong note, after failing to impress Conte at the start of the season. His performances towards the end of 2016/17 has convinced Conte that he still has a major role to play for the Blues in future, and the Spaniard still remains the best Chelsea player who can easily find a pass behind a team’s defensive line. On a personal note, I’d love to see Fabregas combine with Romelu Lukaku who loves to make all those wonderful runs behind the defence.
So far, the jury has been out on these midfielders, and according to reports, the Bakayako deal seems less likely and the Tolisso deal more likely. And the midfielder who’s most likely to leave Chelsea this summer is Nemanja Matic.