January Targets, Zappacosta Success and a Return for Oscar
In an effort to appease Antonio Conte, recent reports have suggested that Chelsea are to attempt to make a huge double signing in January. Alex Sandro and Alexis Sanchez are the two players that are set to be targeted by the Blues in the New Year. The Juventus full-back was a summer target for Chelsea, but the Blues were unable to bring the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge. Sanchez’s contract at Arsenal expires in the summer of 2018, and looks increasingly likely to depart the Gunners, and can talk with other clubs in January. However, Chelsea might look to sign the Chilean international on a cut-price deal in January.
Return for Oscar
Brazilian playmaker Oscar has opened the door to a return to Chelsea in the future, saying he would love to go back to the club. After several years in West London, Oscar departed the club in 2017 to sign for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG in a £60 million move.
“Who knows in two, three years to return to the Premier League, I would be very happy. And preferably for Chelsea, who opened the doors for me to return.” Oscar was quoted as saying.
Odds on Carlo Ancelotti to make a sensational return to Chelsea in the future have been slashed by a number of bookmakers. Should Antonio Conte leave the club in the near future, former Blues boss Ancelotti is one of the favourites to take charge at Stamford Bridge. Ancelotti was sacked by Chelsea in 2011, after failing to win the title in his second season in charge. The Italian won the Premier League and FA Cup in his first year at the club, but was unable to keep his job for longer. After being sacked by Bayern Munich earlier this week, Ancelotti is currently looking for his next role in management.
Summer signing Davide Zappacosta says he wants to emulate some of his fellow countrymen, and become the latest Italian to make an impression at Chelsea. The likes of Gianfranco Zola, Roberto di Matteo, and Gianluca Vialli have all become fan favourites at Stamford Bridge.
Zappacosta says: “I just hope that, like my predecessors from Italy, I can make my mark at Chelsea and win some trophies. That would be a dream come true for me.
“I am convinced I am well suited to the style of football in England, probably even more so than Italian football.”