Chelsea’s extended season could possibly come to a conclusion on Saturday, if they fail to overturn the 3-0 deficit away at Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie in Munich.
The Emirates FA Cup runners-up have already began preparations ahead of next season, with the signing of two attacking players (Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner) but defence, particularly left-back is an area that needs to be urgently addressed before the transfer window closes.
Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri have failed to convince Frank Lampard that they are the right men for the role, despite consistently been alternated during the course of the campaign, as they kept delivering underwhelming performances to the disappointment of all at the club.
The duo’s alarming decline forced the club to identify potential replacements for either or both players and names such as Ben Chilwell, Nicolas Tagliafico and Alex Telles continue to be linked to the club without a possible deal being insight for the transfer targets.
England and Leicester City left-back Chilwell, 23, for obvious reasons, chief amongst are familiarity with the Premier League and his younger age in comparison to the South American pair (Tagliafico (27) and Telles (27)) appears to be the best bet for the Blues, but the Foxes are holding out for a world record fee which should exceed the £80m received last year for Harry Maguire.
Leicester’s demands and reservations concerning a player who is yet to be tested at the highest level on the continent has made Chelsea cool off their interest and have began to look elsewhere, notably across Europe.
The latest name to be linked with the Chelsea left-back position is Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon, who the Blues are said to be in advanced discussions with his club. (https://www.espn.com/soccer/soccer-transfers/story/4153115/chelsea-in-advanced-talks-with-real-madrids-reguilonchilwell-deal-stalls-sources)
The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Sevilla and turned out impressive performances and numbers for the Seville-based club and could be headed to the five-time Premier League champions on a season-long loan move or a €25m outright purchase.
While Reguilon might be highly-rated and is the latest player to be linked with Chelsea, it’s obvious that the search for a left-back has left the Blues desperate as they have continuously being linked with players who lack the experience to improve a relatively young and inexperienced squad that could make do with a few leaders coming in this window.
One notable name that could be available for the right fee but somehow has continued to evade Chelsea’s radar is experienced Bayern Munich star David Alaba. The Austrian international is known to be in the last year of his contract with the Bavarian giants and has so far rejected the new deal put on the table by the club management.
While Alaba is thought to fancy a move to Spain, preferably Barcelona being his preferred destination, the Blaugrana might struggle with any big money addition this transfer window majorly due to the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and their inability to offload any high-profile players.
For a club the size of Chelsea, who in the past have been known to pounce on such contract situations involving prime players, Alaba could be the perfect fit for the problematic left-back position.
The 28-year-old serial winner has played his entire professional career in Germany and he will definitely be open to a move to the west London club if they can match his personal wages (which shouldn’t be an issue) and his desire to win titles abroad.
Good enough the club have secured a spot in next seasons UEFA Champions League, another major angle to sweeten any potential deal for the versatile Austrian, who is equally comfortable in midfield and centre-back.
The search for a quality addition might take longer than expected, however, for a team that could lose as much as four experienced legs this summer, Chelsea need leaders in the dressing room and should set their priorities right and be focused in the search for a left-back signing.