Ross Barkley

Reports from the Sun yesterday suggested that Chelsea could activate Lorenzo Pellegrini’s £22m release clause. Whilst earlier today, the same news outlet added Arturo Vidal was introduced to the Blues rumour mill.

Lorenzo Pellegrini is a more realistic signing. However, he’s a more versatile player than Vidal and at 21 he has a long way to go to reaching the heights of the Bayern man.

The Roma midfielder would still add quality to our midfield and he has potential to succeed under Antonio Conte if a transfer happened. We would have to fight for the signing with both Manchester United and Manchester City interested.

Bayern have, as per the Sun, set a £50m valuation for Vidal. The Chile international is a world class midfielder who is a well-balanced player in his position, especially defensively.

However, the Sun report that we would only be willing to spend £34m for Vidal, far lower than the asking price. If the German club have a replacement lined up, they may be willing to let the 30-year-old go for less than their valuation.

Vidal Conte
Could Arturo Vidal be reunited with Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge?

The champions should avoid signing Barkley at all costs

Chelsea should go for either player instead of lowering our standards in signing Barkley.

The injury hit Everton man is still yet to make an appearance for the Toffees this season.

Barkley was close to signing for Chelsea in the summer before turning the opportunity down. This is a blessing in disguise as we can look at other options.

There wouldn’t be many positives for Chelsea in signing injury-hit Ross Barkley in January.

The 23-year-old’s attitude is questionable whilst he is still yet to reach the potential he showed in his teenage years. It’s also hard to see where Barkley would fit in Antonio Conte’s system as he’s more of an advanced midfielder.

Signing Pellegrini would be a risk but it could be one worth taking and £22m is a reasonable sum in today’s transfer market. Of course, Vidal has shown his qualities for several seasons now.

It would be incredible if the club can pull the rabbit out of the hat and sign the veteran Vidal.

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