Willian has been a fan favorite for Chelsea ever since joining the club, but his time at Stamford Bridge could be nearing a close.
It seems the Blues have set their sights on Bordeaux starlet Malcom to take his countryman’s place for the Premier League giants.
English sources claim that Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich are all ready to make significant moves for the talented attacker this summer.
Prying him away from Bordeaux won’t be an inexpensive proposition. Hopes of securing the starlet have increased this week due to rumblings from Bordeaux officials that confirm Malcom will be on the move this summer.
Unless Bayern jumps in with a massive offer, you should expect to see Malcom in England next season. Arsenal, Tottenham, and Chelsea could all put the Brazilian to good use, but the Blues have the most pressing need for his services.
Ironically, their need to sign Malcom springs from their need to replace an older Brazilian. At 29 years of age, Willian is starting to get long in the tooth by Chelsea standards.
He may stay at Stamford Bridge for another season, but forecasting a stay beyond that is highly improbable. Malcom could come in and learn from Willian for one season before ultimately becoming his replacement.
While the two stars hail from the same country, their playing styles are very different. Willian is a player who’s always thrived when he’s given the time and space to create for others.
Malcom is capable of setting up his teammates, but he’s a much more selfish player.
That isn’t a negative description. It’s only meant to point out that Malcom is more comfortable when he’s hunting goals for himself.
He uses his electric pace and trickery with the ball to make opposing defenders look silly. He’ll face a learning curve moving from Ligue One to the Premier League, but he’s got the talent to make the transition in a big way.
Chelsea certainly wants to sign Malcom this summer, but they’ll need to outbid several Premier League competitors to win his signature.
Then again, that’s never been a problem from Chelsea under Roman Abramovich. Don’t be surprised at all to see Malcom end up at Stamford Bridge next season.
Cahill: ‘I’m not finished’
It’s been a turbulent season for Gary Cahill, Chelsea’s first club captain other than John Terry since 2004.
While Cahill wore the armband more often than JT last season already, the designation wasn’t made official until Terry left to continue his career at Aston Villa instead.
He had been the official Chelsea captain since a newly arrived Jose Mourinho named him the successor to Marcel Desailly.
But since receiving the said honor, Cahill has lost his starting left center-back job to Antonio Rudiger. Then he was dropped from the England squad for the March friendlies, probably because he just wasn’t playing.
Like Terry last season, Cahill has had a watching brief more often than not, with Cesar Azpilicueta next in line for the armband.
But he’s seen a resurgence in the last two matches, as Conte has chosen to rest first Rudiger and then Andreas Christensen.
Against Burnley, he had an excellent overall game, including the laser-sharp pass that released Victor Moses for Chelsea’s first goal.