A fresh insight into the efforts of Premier League giants Chelsea to secure a new left-back, has, on Sunday, been forthcoming online.
Chilwell’s untimely blow
The subject of personnel woes has of course taken its place front and centre when it comes to the headlines at Stamford Bridge of late.
This comes with Thomas Tuchel and co., at such a crucial point in the campaign, having been forced to deal with a remarkable stretch of bad luck.
Owing to a combination of Covid-19 and injuries, Chelsea have navigated the last couple of months, at one point or another, without all of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Trevoh Chalobah.
Of all of their woes, however, none have hit the Blues quite as hard as the loss of left-wing-back Ben Chilwell.
Just as the English international appeared to have rediscovered his best, an ACL injury picked up during a meeting with Juventus late in November ultimately culminated in Chilwell being ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Kurzawa ruled out/Emerson hint?
Chilwell’s absence, in turn, has left Chelsea alarmingly light at left-back, with Marcos Alonso, as things stand, the sole natural senior option at the disposal of Thomas Tuchel.
It therefore shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to hear that, on the back of the winter transfer window swinging open, the transfer chiefs at Stamford Bridge have begun seeking out reinforcements.
And now, on Sunday, a fresh insight into the situation has been provided.
First up comes clarification regarding the Blues’ rumoured interest in bringing in out-of-favour Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa.
As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, despite reports to the contrary, those in a position of power in west London have not opened discussions with their PSG counterparts over a surprise deal:
Chelsea have not opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain or representatives for Layvin Kurzawa. Been told there’s nothing serious or advanced as of today. 🔵🇫🇷 #CFC
Kurzawa has chances to join Premier League clubs in January but still no negotiations with Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/1MfVMOT6YS
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 16, 2022
And this could well be linked to the day’s other major news surrounding the left-back situation in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
This comes in the form of Pensioners loanee Emerson Palmieri being completely omitted from Olympique Lyonnais’ matchday squad to face Troyes in Ligue 1.
Chelsea are understood to be keen to cut Emerson’s loan stint in France short this month, with his absence on Sunday perhaps hinting that the club’s efforts towards precisely that are moving in the right direction.
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