The Premier League leaders’ scouts have been keeping an eye on Southampton’s French international Morgan Schneiderlin and Englishman Nathaniel Clyne for well over a year now.
According to The Guardian,
“Chelsea are considering rivaling Arsenal and Manchester United in the pursuit of Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne this summer as they prepare to add to their options in the transfer window.”
Schneiderlin was widely expected to leave Southampton before the start of this season. He stayed on though but has since expressed his desire to play in the Champions League next season. He was excellent in the two draws against Chelsea in the league. The box to box, or holding midfielder can be a very useful option alongside or, as a backup to Nemanja Matic. Also, with reports emerging that Jose might not buy Paul Pogba because of FFP regulations, Schneiderlin may well be the next best option.
Now, the main question is that whether it’ll be a good option in the long run for Chelsea. I can surely hazard a guess that he is a slight upgrade over Mikel, and also younger. But with Mourinho publicly raving about Chelsea Academy graduate Ruben Loftus Cheek and saying he’ll be playing next season, one might wonder what will happen. With Loftus Cheek showing the potential to be a world-class midfielder, it doesn’t seem likely that Chelsea might actually bid on Schneiderlin. Adding to it, is a price of £27 million, which is slightly high for a player who’ll be usually on the bench.
Nathaniel Clyne, on the other hand, has established himself as England’s 1st choice right back, and has a contract that will expire at the end of next season. That doesn’t stop Southampton to put a price tag of £20 million for the young full back. Though Chelsea has got two world class right backs in Ivanovic and Azpilicueta, one is on the wrong end of 30 and the other is a first choice left back. Clyne would otherwise surely go to the other title contenders next season and will be a good upgrade to their squads just like Chelsea.
On the flipside, Cech/Courtois aim their goal kicks at Ivanovic, who usually wins the first ball. But with Clyne not as good aerially, Chelsea might have a slight problem in that respect. Meanwhile, Ivanovic can perform at this level for at least 2 more seasons, so this isn’t a serious problem for Chelsea. Before we forget, Chelsea also has Tomas Kalas, the young CB/RB who is currently out on loan. If he can fulfill his potential, he can/may be a better player than Clyne in the future.
Regardless of what happens, this summer is surely going to be an exciting one as far as transfers are concerned.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi