Chelsea have reportedly had a ‘long-term’ interest in Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma. With speculation that Aurélien Tchouaméni has opted for a move to Real Madrid ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge, the Blues have found an excellent alternative. The summer transfer window will see Thomas Tuchel’s side gaining a foothold in the market as they prepare for a squad reshuffle. Defenders will be first on Tuchel’s list but a midfielder would be just as important for next season.
N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho were exhausted last season and it’s far from saying another quality midfielder is needed. But not for a ridiculous price. Tchouaméni has been a target for Chelsea since the last summer transfer window. It was next to impossible to negotiate a contract with AS Monaco for the Frenchman amid sanctions imposed on the club but now that the price is known it’s time to explore alternatives.
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According to a report by Marca via the Daily Mail, AS Monaco priced Tchouaméni at £83m earlier this year. I’d love to see the 22-year-old star move to west London but unfortunately he’s no longer the primary signing. Chelsea need to buy at least two centre-backs and possibly a left and right full-back option.
The call for a midfielder was desperate last season as injuries to Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic took their toll. Tchouameni could be what Edouardo Camavinga is to Real Madrid. Fresh, energetic legs that will captivate any opponent’s midfield. But Yves Bissouma could do that too.
Bissouma showed big promises and showed masterful performances against the Blues last season. He has been Brighton’s standout player for several seasons and it was a wonder why a club like Chelsea hadn’t considered him sooner.
Tuchel needs a midfielder who can do the basics. A star signature is not necessary for a time like this. I have to remind Chelsea fans of our history of signing big names. It hasn’t always gone well. Having a £31.5m Bissouma over an £83m Tchouaméni is an advantage. One has proven itself in the Premier League while the other is entering unfamiliar territory.
It’s always a risk to bring another midfielder from another league. They could end up either like Manchester City’s Rodri with a slow start but extremely effective in the end, or they could end up like Timoue Bakayoko, who has never really adjusted to the Premier League.