Paul Merson has explained he’s worried to hear transfer rumours linking Chelsea with Bayern Munich’s Marcel Sabitzer.

Sky Sports reported on transfer deadline day that Chelsea and Manchester United had launched offers to sign 28-year-old Sabitzer from Bayern Munich.

The Manchester United Evening News has since claimed that Man United are ‘confident’ they’ll be the team signing the Austrian midfielder today before the deadline cut-off point.

He’s spent his entire club career so far in Austria or Germany, but a move to England for the big Premier League lights is on the cards.

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Marcel Sabitzer interest

Sky Sports pundit Merson, who does support Chelsea, thinks the Blues interest in Sabitzer is a sign of “panic”.

Merson told Sky Sports: “He (Sabitzer) doesn’t get in the Bayern Munich team, he’s way off that. If he was that good, he’d be pushing. It goes back to panic, there was no interest in him in January 1st, and you think if Enzo doesn’t get over the line they need someone else. You are buying fourth rate Bayern Munich in, it’s a panic, I’m not sure about that.”

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Sabitzer would definitely fit into the category of panic buy given his name has cropped up on the final day, but it’s obvious Chelsea could do with another recruit in the centre of the park.

Of course, Blues supporters are praying the Enzo Fernandez deal can be sorted with Benfica.

Sabitzer has the kind of physical attributes to be a success in English football, with Man United’s interest emerging because of an injury to Christian Eriksen.

Chelsea have been guilty of unsuccessful deals on the final day of transfer windows in recent years, so let’s hope all eggs are in the Fernandez basket given the long-term links to him.

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