Wallace - Why Chelsea won't sign Nathaniel Clyne

Chelsea have been linked with Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne. But what about the right-back they signed in January?

Reports over the weekend linked Chelsea with a £7 million move for Nathaniel Clyne.

Clyne is a very talented player, but there are a few reasons why it would not be the smartest piece of business the club have done lately.

Firstly there is no urgent issue over the right-back spot at the club. 

Branislav Ivanovic is a very capable player who has done the business for Chelsea in the position at the very highest level.

He has made 19 appearances for Chelsea at right-back this season - as well as 15 in the centre, but it is at full-back where he is most productive, scoring three of his four goals.

He may be 29 but he is not ready to be moved on just yet, and a permanent move into the centre remains unlikely - for it surely would have happened long before now.

Then last summer Chelsea signed Cesar Azpilicueta, a specialist right-back who has made 22 appearances in the position for the club this season. He is 23-years-old and represents the future for the Blues, and is potentially a future regular Spanish international.

Being his first season, it has not always been perfect, but there have been some very encouraging signs so far.

Both players will remain with Chelsea next season - If they did not it would be a big shock - So where would Clyne fit in?

A long-term option? We doubt it. Such a move would not be good for the player's development, he would be better playing regularly week in, week out, at Southampton.

Perhaps a more pressing reason why Chelsea are unlikely to move - Is that they have already signed a player they hope will be their long-term right-back of the future.

Chelsea paid €5.5 million back in November to sign Wallace from Brazilian side Fluminense.

The 18-year-old was immediately loaned back out to his current club, with a view to joining his new teammates in June this year.

He comes from the same club from which Manchester United signed fellow full-backs Rafael and Fabio da Silva, and there are high hopes for the Brazil under-20 international.

While there is no way of telling just how a teenager from a foreign league will adapt to life at Chelsea, they have paid a lot of money for him and will want to give him every chance of being a success.

This does not mean signing Nathaniel Clyne, a player three years his senior, who will be yet another obstacle in his path to the first team.

Chelsea and Southampton fans, what do you think of the Clyne rumours?


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