Chelsea were linked with some very good midfield players last month and the rumours will stack up heading into the summer, as the Blues are one of the wealthiest sides in England.
Plenty of players will go all out to earn a contract under Jose Mourinho but the Stamford Bridge side already own a midfield star who could break into the first team regularly next season.
Brazilian star Lucas Piazon is on loan with Chelsea’s favourite Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem until the end of June and he’s been having a blinder of a campaign, despite a recent blip in form for the Eredivisie side.
He’s produced a staggering 11 goals and 8 assists from his performances so far, which suggests he’s ticking every box that Mourinho would have been looking for when he commissioned the deal last summer.
The recent departure of Juan Mata to Manchester United has created big speculation that the Blues could go after players like Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos, Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan or Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira to fill that void.
Not one of those deals would be cheap and would require a tussle from Chelsea against the other teams interested but all of the third parties with financial interests in what would be huge transfers.
Mourinho has said time and time again that he’s in for the long haul at Chelsea, looking to create a method similar to the one which was used by Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United before he retired.
Fergie was one of the best when it cam to blending younger players into his first team, creating a backbone which would become the strength in the next great Manchester United side.
A multi-million pound signing to fill that gap created by Mata’s departure will push Piazon further back in terms of his first team development and where he wants to be as a first team star.
Further still, it substantially increases the risk he could ask for a permanent move away from the club, something Chelsea simply can’t allow to happen because his effectiveness is currently being proven on a weekly basis in the Netherlands.
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