Barcelona have seen an offer for the defender rejected, with Chelsea thought to be setting an extremely high price of around £50 million for the centre back in a bid to scare off any side taking a look at him.
Money doesn’t really mean anything to the West London side because they have buckets of it, provided by owner Roman Abramovich which means they can afford pretty much any of their main targets.
However, when it comes to selling, clubs may have to think outside the box if they are going after a Chelsea player and for any Barcelona deal to ever happen, players may have to be included and here are five that Chelsea could consider asking for.
The former Liverpool man would be a very good arrival for Chelsea because he can fill in across the back four and also play that holding role in front of the defence.
Considering Chelsea have been linked with several holding players already this summer, that suggests that they would consider Mascherano a huge asset because he takes care of more than one need in the current squad.
Busquets doesn’t have the best reputation for being a straight up, honest midfielder, often involved in the more gamesmanship sides of the game such as trying to get players booked and time wasting.
However, that doesn’t detract from the fact he’s a superb midfielder and someone who also has experience in that holding role in front of the back four, where he links up defence and midfield superbly.
Song could be tempted into a Chelsea move because he’s nowhere near first choice at the moment.
He’s the original holding midfielder and someone that Barcelona bought for that very role from Arsenal. The fact Barca are such an aggressive and attacking team means he’s not really had a chance to prove how effective he can be in that role but Chelsea could present him with that opportunity.
Sanchez could be a good arrival for Chelsea because he offers them something they don’t already have in the form of an attacking winger.
Jose Mourinho could use him in the current system, knowing that he’ll naturally drift wider in the side creating natural width. That would allow him to link up with Ashley Cole on the left wing or Cesar Azpilicueta down the right wing.
Pedro is an attacking player that Barcelona may consider letting go in this sort of deal.
He’d be a very good attacking addition for Chelsea because similarly to Sanchez, he drifts wider naturally, which could stretch the opposition defence and create more holes for Chelsea’s influential central midfield players to exploit.
What do you think? Who could Chelsea realistically ask for?
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