Chelsea on the hunt for a left-back as duo want out

Chelsea on the hunt for a left-back as duo want out

Chelsea on the hunt for a left-back as duo want out

A huge two weeks for Chelsea

It is a crucial point of the season for Chelsea. Beaten by Leicester in the FA Cup final last weekend, they face 3 games to save their season. In the worst-case scenario, they could find themselves out of the top four and losing the Champions League final, dropping out of next season’s Champions League in the process. You can read more about that here. This would, in turn, have a massive effect on the calibre of player that Tuchel’s side could attract, with the likes of Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Gianluigi Donnarumma probably out of the equation.

However, Chelsea need to offload players before they spend again, with several high profile players including Ross Barkley, Fikayo Tomori and Ross Barkley all out on loan away from the club. According to Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, this could be addressed by the sale of left-sided defenders Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmeiri, both of whom “want to feel important again”.

Marcos Alonso in particular would be a big loss for the west London outfit, having made 17 appearances this season and popping up with 2 crucial goals. In Thomas Tuchel’s back three, he has been rejuvenated and offers a significant threat going forwards. Such is the trust in him that Tuchel chose to start the Spaniard over £50 million acquisition Ben Chillwell in the FA Cup final.

Emerson is a different story entirely. Although the full-back featured in all six games of the Champions League group stages, he has only started 7 games across all competitions this season. Having signed from Roma for £18 million in January 2018, the Brazilian born-turned Italian full-back failed to nail down a position in the Chelsea starting eleven, and is now 26, in the prime of his career. It is unsurprising that he is looking to move on.

Who will Chelsea sign as a replacement?

If both Alonso and Emerson were to move on this summer, Chelsea would be looking for a full-back to provide cover to and challenge Ben Chillwell. They could look to join the race for Arsenal and Leicester City target Ryan Bertrand, who is available on a free transfer this summer.

Alternatively, Chelsea have been tentatively linked with a big-money move for Villareal left-back Alfonso Pedraza, who has a rumoured €35 million release clause and has impressed for Unai Emery’s side this campaign.

Either way, it is shaping up to be another big summer for Chelsea as Tuchel aims to mould the squad in his image.


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 36 47 83
2 Manchester United FC 36 28 70
3 Leicester City FC 36 21 66
4 Chelsea FC 36 22 64
5 Liverpool FC 35 20 60
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 36 22 59
7 West Ham United FC 36 10 59
8 Everton FC 35 4 56
9 Arsenal FC 36 12 55
10 Leeds United 36 4 53
11 Aston Villa FC 36 7 49
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 36 -14 45
13 Crystal Palace FC 36 -21 44
14 Southampton FC 36 -16 43
15 Burnley FC 36 -18 39
16 Newcastle United FC 36 -19 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 36 -5 38
18 Fulham FC 36 -24 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 35 -36 26
20 Sheffield United FC 35 -44 17
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 22
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 17
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 17
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 16
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 12
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 12
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 11
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 11
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 11
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 10
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 10
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 9

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