Watford are in a pole position to sign Nathaniel Chalobah. The midfielder, at 22-years old, is heading for an exit from Stamford Bridge in dogged pursuit of a first-team football position, and at the low low price of just £5 million, may well be recruited.
Chalobah Unlikely to See More Playing Time
Thanks to the club on the brink of signing Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, an additional defensive midfielder, it is unlikely that Chalobah will see more playing time next season than he did in the previous one.
Conte certainly likes Chalobah, and wants to hold on to him, but if the player is unwilling to sign a new deal he will be sold.
Chalobah is Perfect for Watford
Watford see Chalobah as the perfect younger player to reinvigorate the old guard of the ageing squad.
The player still has a year left on the contract he signed with Chelsea in 2013, he is not eager to sign up for an extended period unless Antonio Conte is able to assure him about the next season’s playing time.
Watford is Signing New Players for Summer
Chalobah enjoyed the finest season of his career thus far whilst playing for Gianfranco Zola’s Watford during the 2012-2013 Championship season.
After Marco Silva’s arrival as the new manager, Watford has already used up £8 million on Derby County’s Will Hughes.
Fans’ Reaction to Rumours of Chalobah’s Move
Watford fans would be delighted if Chalobah made a return to Vicarage Road on a permanent basis, but Chelsea Football Club supporters, on the other hand, are not impressed by the rumours of the move.
They feel that this is an example of another one of the club’s academy products having to leave without ever really getting the chance they deserved in the first team.
The small transfer fee attached to Chalobah is part of the reason that Watford fans are as happy as they are, and adds hugely to the frustration Chelsea fans are feeling, as they have deemed the price-tag for this talented player a steal.
Chelsea fans remain convinced that Watford will have to be declared the winners of the summer transfer window if the Chalobah heads to Watford, and they are not hiding their anger about the very real possibility that this will occur.
Chalobah made his debut in England’s under-16 group at 13-years of age in October of 2008, and then his under-17 debut at 14-years old in July of 2009.
He is famous for his versatile style of play, incredible work-rate and impressive levels of fitness in both attacking and defending. His been described as tall, fit, and able to operate well in either defence or midfield positions, as well as being particularly quick in the tackle.