Chelsea have been linked with the likes of Sergio Reguilon, Nicolas Tagliafico and Alex Telles. We take a look at who the Blues should consider signing.
The form of both Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso has been underwhelming in Lampard’s first season as Chelsea manager. Neither men stepped up with any form of consistency, so much so that Cesar Azpilicueta filled in at left-back 11 times this season.
Chelsea have been actively trying to secure reinforcements in the troublesome left fullback position only a few days after the end of the season.
With reports of Leicester demanding a ‘world-record’ fee for long-term target Ben Chilwell, it appears the Blues are set to move on to other left-back targets.
Chelsea’s ideal candidate for the Left back spot next season?
Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon has been hotly linked with a move to London in recent days, for a much lesser price in the region of £20 Million. The Spaniard seems the ideal candidate to come in and prove a bargain buy for the Blues.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a fruitful loan spell last season at Sevilla, with two goals and four assists in 31 league appearances and many dazzling performances such that he was voted the ‘best left-back’ in La Liga.
Under the management of ex-Madrid boss, Julen Lopetegui, Reguilon has raised his game considerably and has enough experience of the winning mentality required at a club like Chelsea having risen through the ranks at Real Madrid Castilla and helped Sevilla to a fourth-place finish.
The former Spain U-21 International is pacy and possesses the right technical qualities to excel as the complete left-back Chelsea desperately need, his impressive stamina would also be important in the Premier League.
The Ajax man has been a Chelsea target all season, with the Argentina International impressing alongside his Ajax teammates who shook Europe with a run to the 2018/19 Champions League Semi-Finals, having also won the Eredivisie title.
Tagliafico boasts excellent technique, stamina, and attacking instinct, with five goals and five assists in 38 total appearances last season proving his prowess in a forward-thinking team.
He is also very comfortable on the ball as he registered an 86% pass success rate last season despite operating close to the touchline.
The Brazilian was linked to Chelsea before his move to Porto in 2016 and has impressed enough at Estádio do Dragão to retain interest from Stamford Bridge.
His tally of 13 goals and 9 assists from 49 total appearances this season is simply stunning and the 27-year-old is a good crosser of the ball (averaging 2.3 crosses per game) which would please his potential attacking teammates.
The acquisition of Telles, who is also a set-piece specialist, would boost the attacking ranks and it would seem a defensive burden. Moreover, he registered 1.8 interceptions per game in the Primeira Liga and was dribbled past less than Chelsea’s other options.
The blues have lacked a quality left-back who can be a mainstay for years, with Filipe Luis, Azpilicueta, and Alonso all proving temporary or inadequate fixes since Ashley Cole left the club in 2014.
In order to move forward, Lampard’s men need a reliable performer who is natural in the role and can give them a platform to build team dynamics in attack and defensively.
The interest in Reguilon has been a pleasant surprise and the Spaniard can be a major transfer coup in these frugal times due to the economic climate and Chelsea’s desperation.
Pertinently, the 23-year-old has the added exposure of being the only one amongst the transfer targets who is proven in a Top Five European league, and Chelsea’s recent cordial transfer relations with Madrid could prove pivotal once again.