'Here we go': Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea have secured deadline-day midfield signing
Chelsea have reached agreement with Juventus over a loan deal for midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to transfer experts Gianluca di Marzio and Fabrizio Romano.
Having reportedly been looking at other options after having their £43million for Ajax’s Edson Alvarez turned down, the Blues have found an alternative in Juventus’ Zakaria.
According to Di Marzio, It did not take long for Chelsea and Juventus to negotiate a loan deal with an option to buy.
Fellow Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, even claimed that both clubs have reached an agreement.
“Denis Zakaria to Chelsea, here we go!” Romano wrote on Twitter.
“Total agreement reached with Juventus as revealed earlier.
“Loan deal [is] agreed, personal terms [are] also approved.
“Medical is ongoing in Italy.”
Romano added that the loan deal includes an option to buy at £30million, with Chelsea potentially offering Zakaria a five-year deal.
The 25-year-old has yet to establish himself as a key player for Juventus with Manuel Locatelli and Adrien Rabiot ahead of him in the pecking order.
Defensively, he has not been as strong in the last couple of seasons, especially compared to his Borussia Monchengladbach days, but he is excellent at progressing the ball, which seems to be a key attribute for a midfielder in Thomas Tuchel’s system.
Chelsea also desperately need a holding midfielder and the Switzerland international ticks a lot of boxes.
Bear in mind that the London club are close to losing two of their midfield talents; Ethan Ampadu and Billy Gilmour, on loan to Spezia and on a permanent deal to Brighton, respectively.
Update: Chelsea have confirmed Ampadu’s loan move.