If Chelsea sign Arturo Vidal, it could prompt to younger players to leave the club.
The Mirror claimed over the weekend that Chelsea are considering a £20 million swoop for Juventus attacking midfielder Arturo Vidal.
It’s obvious to see why they’re reportedly interested in the Chilean international who has 11 goals and six assists from 31 appearances for the runaway Serie A leaders so far this season.
What are Chelsea waiting for?
In theory it’s a good move because he’s a quality player but the Blues already own two young and talented attacking midfielders who will be hoping for chances next season.
Lucas Piazon, on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, has done everything Jose Mourinho would have asked for this season; 11 goals and eight assists from his Eredivisie performances this season.
Thorgan Hazard, brother of Eden, has already made it clear that he’s looking for a first team chance next year. He’s bagged nine goals and 14 assists in the Belgian top league with FC Zulte.
Piazon, 20-years-old, and Hazard, 21-years-old, won’t want to spend too much more time on loan away from the club before getting their teeth into the first team and trying to have an impact at Stamford Bridge.
The problem signing Vidal would create is that he pushes both of them further down the pecking order as he’d go into the squad alongside Oscar, competing for the starting number ten spot.
That would force both players into considering their futures away from the club on a more permanent basis and would also give Mourinho the same problem he had at the start of this season.
At the start of the year, the boss was confronted with two similar players in Juan Mata and Oscar, opting to use the latter more frequently which led to the sale of Mata to rivals Manchester United.
Piazon and Hazard are both extremely talented young players and if Mourinho shows the trend he’s backed since he returned to the club (investing and showing faith to youth) then they both stand a good chance of featuring next season.
However, if Roman Abramovich backs a move for the high profile Chilean midfielder, that could prompt either player into pushing for a more permanent exit.