Deadline Day preview: Four ins and outs we could see at Chelsea
With transfer deadline day looming – a day when Jim White grabs his yellow tie and when fax machines are used like they were in the 1990s – Maurizio Sarri could be a busy man.
Having reportedly signed Thibaut Courtois’ replacement – Kepa Arrizabalaga arriving at Stamford Bridge for a world-record £71m according to Sky Sports – Sarri will be looking to add a few more fresh faces in preparation for his debut season in the Premier League.
He has only made two transfers so far – with Jorginho following him from Napoli.
So, as deadline day looms, here is a rundown of four moves we could see at Chelsea tomorrow.
Michy Batshuayi to Sevilla
A man whose playing opportunities at Chelsea have been limited, Batshuayi is clearly itching to consistently play first-team football.
Despite excelling on loan at Borussia Dortmund during the second half of last season – scoring seven goals in 10 games – he looks to be the third choice again behind Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.
And Sevilla – a club with a history of prolific strikers, such as Alvaro Negredo and Luís Fabiano – are keen to sign the Belgian.
Nabil Fekir from Lyon
The man that Liverpool fans almost crowned “the new Philippe Coutinho” could be the attacking midfielder that Sarri’s system requires.
Having been on the brink of signing for the Merseyside club, a £60m deal could be on the cards to bring Fekir to Stanford Bridge, with both Oliver Giroud and Eden Hazard both admitting that they have been trying to convince him to come.
And Sarri may see Fekir as the man to fulfil the ‘Marek Hamšík’ role in his system at Chelsea
A role that saw Hamšík score 30 goals in the last three seasons from midfield.
Tiemoue Bakayoko to AC Milan
As someone who struggled in his first season at Chelsea, Bakayoko may need a fresh start to reinvigorate his career.
Having been part of Monaco’s success in 2017, Bakayoko failed to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League.
Therefore, the slower, more tactical style of the Serie A may suit him better.
A loan to AC Milan would offer the possibility for the Frenchman to regain his confidence and showcase his value.
Mateo Kovačić from Real Madrid
Kovačić joined Real Madrid at the age of 21, hoping he would mature and eventually gain a starting place.
However, he has had to compete with world-class players in his position – like Toni Kroos and Luka Modric – so has struggled for opportunities.
Therefore, it could be wise to accept his place in Madrid’s deal to sign Courtois to play first-team football.