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Premier League 2019-20: Potential transfer targets for Chelsea if their ban is revoked

  • Potential transfer targets for Chelsea, if the Blues get their transfer ban lifted
Ishan Shah
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:57 IST

Left Back - Ben Chilwell

Southampton FC v Leicester City - Premier League
Southampton FC v Leicester City - Premier League

Ever since Ashley Cole left Chelsea in 2014, the Blues have failed to replace him with a top-quality left-back. The transfer of Filipe Luis did not work out. While Marcos Alonso made that position his own under Antonio Conte, he has struggled since Chelsea switched back to a flat back-four.

Emerson, who established himself as the first-choice left-back at the start of the season under Frank Lampard has a history of injuries which suggests that he is not a reliable option in the long-term.

Given the youth in the squad and the high ceiling of potential that they have, Chelsea will be aiming to buy players that will help them challenge for the Premier League in the coming years. One transfer target that they have been heavily linked to is Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell.

Still only 22 years old, Chilwell is turning into one of the best left-backs in the Premier League and is set to start at left-back for England at Euro 2020 next year if he continues to perform. It will be difficult for the Blues to lure him away from Leicester in January as they aim to make it back into European football this season, whether that be in the Champions League or the Europa League.

The January transfer window is short and would not give Leicester enough time to replace a talent like Chilwell. A combination of these two factors will mean that Chelsea will have to break the bank if they are to make a move for Chilwell. 

Leicester’s astronomical asking price for Harry Maguire shows that they are under no pressure to sell their best players unless the price is right. However, a move for Chilwell in the summer would give the Foxes time to replace him, and the asking price would be lower as the transfer would not take place mid-season.

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