Chelsea have Arsenal’s Draxler alternative, but despite Mourinho’s exit hint, surely not…

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Chelsea starlet Lucas Piazon could be on his way, and for far less than Julian Draxler, but Arsenal couldn't get him, could they?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has cast doubt over the future of a number of Chelsea loanees in an interview about Financial Fair Play.

In quotes published by the Metro, the Blues boss said, “We have had to organise ourselves in a different way. Before me, Chelsea did fantastic work in this level: Lukaku, De Bruyne, Courtois, young Hazard and Piazon.

Not all of them will have a career at Chelsea but all of them are important in this new financial organisation. So Chelsea worked very well and probably started doing that before other clubs.

‘Because of that, even if FFP comes into practice, I think Chelsea are very advanced.”

While many reports have focused on the future of Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku – the two most advanced and high profile players name-checked by Mourino – there is another whose loss would be significant – that of Lucas Piazon.

The Brazilian is enjoying an outstanding campaign at Vitesse Arnhem, where he has scored 11 goals and provided eight assists so far this season.

In a team full of Chelsea loanees, Piazon is shining the brightest. And so the prospect of him not having a future at Stamford Bridge is a surprising one, even with the players ahead of him in first-team contention.

Which brings me to the point of the article: Piazon is a 20-year-old attacking left-winger-cum-forward, who has the natural ability to be a considerable success in the game, an eye for goal and the ability to create. And while he may not make it at Chelsea, there are a whole host of clubs who would no doubt be interested, one of whom could be Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has long been linked with a move for another 20-year-old – Schalke’s Julian Draxler – who also occupies the left-wing to great effect. In fact previous reports suggested he is willing to spend big to sign the German in the summer.

But a quick glance at the Eredivisie would show him that Piazon is out-performing Draxler in both goals and assists. In fact, he is Vitesse’s MVP – and he does not even belong to them.

Yes, I know the Eredivise and the Bundesliga are two very different leagues, and Draxler is held in very high-regard by those in the game. But Piazon also has huge potential, and Wenger may be casting envious glances at the players Chelsea have no room for; some of whom would slot straight into the Arsenal side.

Would Chelsea sell Piazon to Arsenal? It is unlikely given the current feeling between the two bosses.

After Wenger said Mourinho had “a fear of failure” the Portuguese responded by saying the Frenchman was “a specialist in failure.”

In light of that, any transfer business between the two sides is highly unlikely.

But while Wenger potentially readies a huge bid for one young player, another may soon have a decision to make about his own future. If he were an Arsenal player, it could be argued he would already be in their first-team.

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