Chelsea are still active in the transfer market as they try to strengthen their squad ahead of their title defence. The Sun report that Antonio Conte wants to sign Danny Rose after conceding defeat in his pursuit of Alex Sandro.
The Italian has made it clear to the board that he wants to improve his squad considerably before the close of the window and the Tottenham left-back has emerged as a priority target. If a deal for the 27-year-old isn’t possible, Ryan Bertrand has been identified as a backup option.
Tottenham won’t want to sell another key player, especially as they have already lost Kyle Walker this summer. The full-backs are vital to Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play and they would be significantly weakened if their two best were sold in the same summer. Chelsea won’t be deterred by their stance and believe a bid of £40 million could be enough to convince their London rivals to sell.
Would he be a good signing for Chelsea?
The Blues do need another player to compete with Marcos Alonso for the left wing-back spot and Rose would provide a different profile to the Spaniard. He is quicker and more dynamic than the current incumbent of the role, but his defensive qualities aren’t as impressive. Eden Hazard is the first-choice left winger, which is why Conte usually opts for a more defensive-minded player behind the Belgian.
However, Chelsea have more matches this season and they need to have the depth to deal with that. Conte will also want to have different options in the squad, as it would provide the Italian with tactical flexibility, something that he lacked last season.
There have been many critics of their recruitment this summer, with some believing that the squad hasn’t improved. It would be a huge statement of intent if they could sign a player from a top-six rival and provide the momentum they need to take into their title defence.
How likely is a transfer?
Although Chelsea have the finances and the pulling power to complete a deal for Rose, Tottenham won’t be willing sellers. For that reason, it is unlikely that it will happen during this window. Spurs have ambitions to win the title and to lose two key players to rival clubs in one summer would see them regress as a team.
The sale of Walker wasn’t hugely damaging, as Kieran Trippier has proven himself to be a good Premier League right-back. However, it would be a huge blow to lose Rose, as his deputy, Ben Davies, isn’t at the same level.
It will be interesting to see whether Rose would be interested in a move to Stamford Bridge, as that could have major implications for the transfer. Manchester City were able to sign Walker as the player was keen on a move. Tottenham’s strict wage structure means that their players can be targeted by rival clubs with the allure of a significant pay increase. That said, it would be a surprise if Danny Rose does join the champions. A move for Ryan Bertrand would be easier to complete.