It’s been a while since silly season has showcased it’s silliness. So it’s come again to remind us that it will never bow down to the laws of logic. This time, in the form of a Scandinavian-Portuguese rumour. Chelsea have, according to the mill of gossip and all things fun, tabled an offer for Benfica’s defender Victor Lindelof.
Lindelof is a bit of an unknown commodity. He’s only played one season of senior football and is already 22 years-old. But his performances in his breakthrough year have won plaudits from all over and of course, they’ve also earned him a few links with Europe’s biggest clubs. He was also awarded for his efforts with a call up to Zlat…. sorry, Sweden’s national team, where he started all the games in their unsuccessful Euros campaign, once at center back and twice at right-back.
The mere fact that a club with such great scouting like Benifca have identified The Swede as a big talent for the future is the first obvious testament to his talents, especially considering the fact that the Portugese club don’t usually sign players from that region, generally preferring South American or East European prospects when shopping. Lidelhof has been described as a tall, strong and quick defender, who can do well with the ball at his feet. So from the first glance, he looks to have everything Chelsea need right now, minus the experience and leadership. His partnership with Luisao has also been lauded as one of the best in Europe. But as stated earlier, our target can also play at right-back, kind of like how Ivanovic started out.
The massive price being mooted is his buyout-clause: 30 million Euros. A price, if paid, would make him the most expensive Swedish player of all time, whose name is not Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And while it may not be outrageous in this current market, it does raise questions about whether this transfer is really necessary.
In our team, there are five center-backs who are in a similar age group (Zouma, Christensen, Tomori, Miazga and Clarke-Salter) and signing Lindelof would only push them further down the pecking order, and as for right-back, Conte prefers full backs who can deliver crosses and get forward to help the attack, and the Swede is much more of a defensive full-back when he plays there. So he would not be a good fit for our team.
Because of that, and on the off chance that the Chelsea management is reading this, I would like to suggest that we just call Napoli and Juventus and tell them how great Lindelof is and that they could best harness if he were to replace one of their center backs, like maybe-and off the top of my head- Bonucci or Koulibaly.
Just something to think about