Report: Chelsea want to sign £175k-a-week man who’s ‘so strong’ to replace Saul Niguez already

Chelsea are reportedly interested in a player that could replace Saul Niguez at Stamford Bridge. 

According to Calciomercato, Chelsea are one of two clubs in England potentially interested in trying to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot in the New Year.

It is understood that Chelsea, along with Premier League rivals Newcastle United, are two suitors for the 26-year-old ahead of the January transfer window.

The report explains the Blues view him as someone that could potentially replace midfielder Saul Niguez, who may see his loan spell in West London prematurely ended. Saul, 26, has had a difficult few months in Thomas Tuchel’s squad since a move on loan from Atletico Madrid. 

Rabiot, who earns £175,000-a-week, is a left-footed midfielder struggling to nail down a spot in the starting line-up for Italian giants Juventus.

He’s played a lot of minutes in an unfamiliar wide role this season for his club. However, he still plays in the centre of the park when representing World Cup champions France on the international stage. In fact, he scored at the weekend for the French in an 8-0 win against Kazakhstan. 

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Do Chelsea need Rabiot?

For Chelsea, Rabiot definitely shouldn’t be a priority in a transfer window. 

The likes of Saul, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley are filling roles in the squad to compete with senior trio N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

If Saul goes back to Atletico, there is a minor void. However, there is every chance the Rabiot deal could go the same way because he’s never played in England. 

Andrea Pirlo raved about Rabiot in 2020 by calling him “so strong both physically and technically”. The midfielder has struggled during two years in Italy, though, to replicate the same kind of form from his Paris Saint-Germain days.

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Should Saul stay?

Saul has had a rough introduction to the English game, but he’s still scheduled to be on loan for the rest of the season.

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel is “increasingly encouraged” by the Spanish midfielder in training. Meanwhile, Cesar Azpilicueta has tipped his teammate to still play an important role this season.

There are signs in recent displays that he’s finding his feet, so it may not be worth the risk of replacing him with Rabiot.

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