Nine Jadon Sancho transfer alternatives for Chelsea if Manchester United seal transfer
Chelsea’s pursuit of Sancho was dealt a blow by reports United are gearing up for a big-spending summerby Tom Victor
Chelsea’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho was dealt a blow by reports Manchester United are gearing up for a big-spending summer.
United, one of the Blues’ big rivals for the England and Borussia Dortmund man, have drawn £140million from its revolving credit facility with the potential endpoint of funding player purchases, according to Reuters.
If Chelsea are blown out of the water, then, who else might they go after?
The Porto man has emerged as a target for Chelsea, with the Star reporting he would cost just £26million.
Corona has ranked in the top five for assists in the Portuguese Primeira Liga both last season and this, per WhoScored, with Benfica’s Pizzi the only man ahead of him in both campaigns.
The winger was also part of Mexico’s squad at the 2018 World Cup, playing against South Korea and Sweden, and has 42 international caps.
If Barcelona decide on an overhaul this summer, Dembele could be available for the right price.
The Frenchman has had a torrid time with injuries since his nine-figure move from Borussia Dortmund, a switch which has made it easier for Sancho to cement his place at the club.
Despite many of his 51 games in La Liga coming from the bench, he’s already hit double figures for both goals and assists. And he’s still just 23 years old.
One of the Premier League’s breakout stars, it’s thanks to Traore’s Wolves form that Chelsea still face a multi-way battle for Champions League football next season.
The winger has made a huge impact at Molineux, earning him a long-awaited Spain call-up, and will surely be keen to test himself against Europe’s top defences.
If Wolves don’t make it into the Champions League and Chelsea do, could we see his head turned?
Zaha seems to be linked with a move away from Crystal Palace every window, and sure enough, Chelsea were one of the clubs mentioned in connection with the Ivorian in January.
A switch remains a challenge, with Palace in no rush to sell, but if anyone is worth paying slightly over the odds for it could be him.
Zaha is in the top two in the league for dribbles and times fouled according to WhoScored and has been one of the toughest players to deal with for a while now.
Bale looked set to leave Real Madrid last summer, only for a move to China to be pulled late on.
At 30, though, the Welshman may decide he has one more big European move in him.
Bale might not be at his peak, but the former world record signing still has plenty of quality in the final third and could well improve a young Blues side.
Havertz is on the radar of a few English clubs, with Liverpool mentioned as well as Chelsea.
The Bayer Leverkusen youngster still has his best years ahead of him after hitting double figures for Bundesliga goals for a second straight season, helping keep his team in the race for Champions League football.
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If Bayer fail to secure a top-four spot, though, the 20-year-old may opt to assess his other options.
Staying with Leverkusen, there’s another member of the German club’s front-line who’s just as young and (potentially) a great deal more affordable.
Diaby moved to Germany after coming through the PSG youth set-up, and has impressed in his first season at the club.
Despite starting just 14 games this season, the France under-21 international already has four goals and five assists to his name.
There’s nothing to say Chelsea need to restrict themselves to top-flight stars, especially when there’s Championship talent on their doorstep.
The Brentford star reportedly caught Chelsea’s eye in January, and could be an affordable option over the summer if a Sancho move is out of the question.
Benrahma has 10 goals this season, and he is one of the Championship’s best performers in terms of dribbles, shots per game and key passes according to WhoScored.
Speaking of Championship talents, Eze has been in similarly good form this season at QPR.
The 21-year-old Londoner has 12 goals and eight assists to his name, which is pretty good going for a team which has been in the bottom half of the table since November.
One thing’s for certain, though: if Eze is allowed to leave this summer, Chelsea are unlikely to be the only club in for him.