Chelsea have been tipped to make a move for Heung-Min Son from Hamburg but is Adam Szalai of Mainz the better option?
Chelsea are always going to be linked with some of the best stars in the European game but it’s annoying when they are often tipped to go for a players when there are far better alternatives out there.
Heung-Min Son has scored nine goals for Hamburg so far in the current Bundesliga season while Adam Szalai has scored two more, currently joint fifth top scorer on 11 goals.
Szalai has also got the advantage of having more experience. Five years more to be precise as he is five years older than the South Korean. He’s also been playing international football for a longer period of time.
He’s also taller which gives Chelsea an advantage in terms of if they want to switch up their style. They are very much a team based around small midfield players but someone like Szalai allows them to hit the ball long if they need to.
The price for Szalai is also likely to be cheaper with a figure of around £12 million quoted when there was reported interest from Arsenal earlier on in the season.
This is likely to be cheaper than what Hamburg demand for Heung-Min Son because he is still a very young man and has his whole future ahead of him. He’s also on a contract which runs into 2014 which means he has external value to the German club.
It’s also important to point out that a greater ratio of Szalai’s goals have come against the bigger teams in Germany, which means he has been proven successful playing against the best sides.
This will be very important for Chelsea moving forward because they will be looking for someone who can make a difference and they have struggled against their main rivals so far this season.
The stumbling block in the pursuit of Szalai is that there are two high profile German clubs in for him; Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg. Any sort of approach from Dortmund would be favourable for him over moving to a different country and a different culture.
However, Chelsea have the resources to force through a deal for any player but it’s a bit random as to who they will sign and why at the moment, especially when the transfer window isn’t open and the club doesn’t have a permanent long term manager.
Chelsea fans, Son or Szalai?
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