Chelsea: Striker involved in David Luiz switch; loanee to return; youngster hails Drogba
News has emerged that forward Diego Costa very nearly moved to Paris Saint-Germain in a swap deal to reduce the price of a move for central defender David Luiz, only for Antonio Conte to step in and prevent the Spaniard from leaving. Despite Luiz costing just £32 million, £18 million less than they sold him to the Paris outfit for just two years ago, Chelsea bosses were keen to cut the cost according to France Football. The signing of Michy Batshuayi reportedly opened the door to PSG Suggesting that Costa could replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic as their first choice foward.
However, Antonio Conte stepped in to stop any such deal from happening. Conte was desperate for defensive reinforcements after failing to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, so was prepared to accept David Luiz despite the Brazilian being far from his first choice, but he refused to allow the club to sell one of it’s two senior strikers. It proved a good decision with Costa in fine form at the start of this season as the Premier League’s current top scorer with five games played.
The club’s much criticised loan policy is expected to see one of it’s biggest failures to date as Mario Pasalic prepares to return to London from AC Milan just weeks after joining on a £1 million loan deal which was expected to take him to Italy for the season, say Calcio Mercato. Now, manager Vincenzo Montella fails to see how he will fit into a swamped midfield at the San Siro, and the 21-year-old is likely to be culled as a result.
The Croatian signed from Hadjuk Split in 2014 and spent last season on loan at Monaco, scoring seven times in 29 appearances in all competitions as he failed to nail down a starting spot. Previously, Pasalic had spent time at Elche in La Liga, where he played regular first team football but struggled to excel. With him nowhere near the Blues first team at present, it’s unclear what will happen to the youngster when he does return from Milan, but another loan move in January seems the most likely option to benefit all parties concerned.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is Tammy Abraham, who is shining in his new loan deal at Bristol City as the 18-year-old has scored nine goals from 11 first team games, averaging a goal for every game he starts to date. As he pushes his new side up the Championship table, the England youth international told Goal:
“I have always been a massive fan of Ronaldo, but being in my position and being at Chelsea, I enjoyed watching Drogba play week in week out… The old Ronaldo was just a fantastic striker, and these are people I look to who excited every time they go out onto the pitch. I have always been watching them and learning.”
Should Abraham maintain his current form, the youngster could well be pushing for a place in the Chelsea first team next season given his superb performances at Ashton Gate to date.
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