Chelsea linked with move for Gerard Pique? Surely it's a non-starter

A Barcelona defender linked with Chelsea? One for the transfer bin...

A report in the Daily Mail on Sunday morning linked Chelsea with a summer move for Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique.

Just weeks after the Spanish international was tipped for an unlikely return to Manchester United, here he was linked with Jose Mourhino’s side. But there is a very simple reason why the rumour should be taken with a sizeable pinch of salt; actually make that four reasons.

Chelsea currently have John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma to choose from while Tomas Kalas -who shone after making his debut last season – is currently on loan at German club FC Cologne.

When you consider those four players, and the fact that Chelsea continue to impress in terms of their defence both domestically and in Europe, any move for Pique smacks of rumour-mongering at a time when the January transfer window remains a distant promise of many words and very few actions.

The report cites sources from Spain, which claim Pique could move on this winter if his issues with Barcelona boss Luis Enrique are not resolved.

The 27-year-old has been in and out of the side this season and that has prompted the rumours of unrest and potential change. But where would Pique fit in this Chelsea side?

Yes he is talented, but he is unlikely to step in for either Terry or Cahill – Mourinho’s first-choice pairing for top matches – while the Spaniard’s arrival would potentially set back both Zouma and Kalas in their own pursuit of a first-team place.

In short, mark this one down as ‘extremely unlikely’.

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