Sandro Tonali is being linked with a move to Chelsea, possibly in January. The Brescia midfielder is a deep lying passer who is similar to current Chelsea star Jorginho.
We could easily ask, why would Chelsea want to spend around £30 for a player who would only be a back up for Jorginho? Nobody, not even N’Golo Kante is going to displace Sarri’s star man at the base of midfield. The Blues also have Cesc Fabregas, a player of undoubted quality, to fill in when Jorginho is rested or injured.
There seems to be no real place for Tonali, or need to sign him. However, if Fabregas leaves in January or the summer, the situation changes.
The Spaniard is now 31. He is very slow nowadays and Jorginho is firmly ahead of him in the only position he could realistically play. Incapable of pressing high, he cannot feasibly play in the other positions in midfield.
Chelsea will probably not offer him a new one and even if he is it will include a major pay cut. It is likely then that Fabregas will leave in the near future for one last big contract.
When he does, Chelsea will need someone who is capable of playing the Jorginho role if needed and fill in around the midfield. Kante does not have the passing ability for that position and although Mateo Kovacic would be suitable there, it is very questionable whether or not he will be at the Bridge next season.
Tonali comes in at this point. He is only 18 but he is already showing so much promise that some are dubbing him ‘the new Pirlo’.
Tonali will be an expensive acquisition and a risk at such a young age. But if suitability for Sarri’s football is the priority, he would be a great buy.