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Serie A Midfielder Shockingly Refuses A Move: 3 Alternatives Chelsea Can Opt For Now

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Subhayan Dutta
Subhayan used to be the Featured Columnist at The 4th Official. Completely immersed in football and almost all other sports on planet.

Oscar’s £60m departure from Stamford Bridge surely left Chelsea’s purse quite plump, but it has also left a huge void in their midfield, which they immediately have to fill. And the Blues’ transfer plans suffered a huge blow when AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, a long-term Chelsea target, recently ruled out a possible move to London this winter.

The Roma midfielder told Fan magazine, “I’d rather stay at Roma until the end of the season… There are no reasons to leave at the moment.”

Antonio Conte has long been a fan of the Belgium international and rumours have long done the rounds of the 28-year-old-midfielder joining the club. However, now that the dust is settled on this matter, Chelsea will have to consider signing an alternative to ease the burden from Matic, Kante and Fabregas at the middle of the park.

T4O looks at 3 possible options, the Blues could consider signing in that position.

James Rodriguez

It could be safely said now that his Real Madrid days are almost over and if the incredible midfield talent doesn’t want to fade out into darkness, he will have to leave Santiago Bernabeu and fast. A move in January is pretty much possible and many have stated that the Oscar money could best be used if Chelsea brings him in. Although, it is likely that the Blues have to cough up a bit more than £60m to convince Real Madrid.

The Columbian midfielder is an out and out creative player, who could be really destructive when floating behind the striker. Although he can be quite impactful from the flanks too, it is the number 10 role that makes him what he is. He can score from direct free kicks, unlock the most resolute defence with his deadly vision and the world is definitely aware of some of his stunning long shot goals.

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Hakan Calhanoglu

A player of his calibre can really pump up the Blues with his experience and quality. He has been quite similar to Eden Hazard. He dazzles taking direct set pieces and long shots.

His ability to dribble past opponents is magical. He could also provide some of the perfect crosses and defence piercing passes from midfield. He looks like a perfect buy for the Blues and more so for Conte, who has turned some of Chelsea’s average player into stars this season.

Max Meyer

Although a relatively younger and highly unproven prospect across Europe, Meyer has offered glimpses of his future self quite often. Many believe that moving out of Schalke and playing with better players could really bring the best out of him.

He has even publicly stated his wish to move to England and this might be the time. Meyer has garnered a lot of praise for his ability to hold on to the ball in the congested area and play sublime balls up front. He could be a talent to watch out or when placed beside Kante.

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