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Former Stoke City Midfielder Red Hot On Chelsea’s Radar: Good Fit For The Blues?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Chelsea could be a busy club this transfer market as they are not only looking to improve their squad but are also desperate to replace Antonio Conte at the helm of the club. The Italian may have helped them to a league title in his first season and the FA Cup in his second but, it does not look like he has much of a say in the transfer dealings of the club this summer.

As a result, Chelsea are linked with a variety of stars from all over Europe and the latest name doing the rounds is Steven N’Zonzi.

A transfer target for Unai Emery at Arsenal as well, N’Zonzi was in superb form for Sevilla last season, making 26 league appearances and standing as statistically one of the best midfielders in La Liga. He joined Sevilla from Stoke City in 2015 and lifted the Europa League in his first season, where he was also named in the team of the year for the competition. At 29, he is at his prime as a footballer and is a decent coup for Chelsea.

A defensive midfielder with a keen eye for a path-breaking pass, N’Zonzi is strong in the air and is a natural presence at both ends of the field. He is effective in build-up play, where he loves to take his time, beat his man and find space for his teammates. But he is also equally adept at shutting shop at the back when needed and is a complete player.

He can dribble past opponents with ease, can also be a threat in set-piece situations and with previous experience in England, he will take no time to settle down at Stamford Bridge.

Recent reports reveal that he has a release clause of just £35m, with Arsenal leading the race for his signature. But Chelsea are also showing interest in his services and could make a move soon. So where does he fit in at SW6?

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Conte spent on Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater last season but has stuck with N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas in the midfield, with both players adding balance to the side. But Fabregas is now 31 while neither Bakayoko or Drinkwater have been able to show any kind of promise for the next season.

N’Zonzi could probably walk into the first team and will play alongside Kante, adding mettle and creativity to the side. At just £35m, he is an absolute steal, even for a 29-year-old but do you think Chelsea should push Arsenal to his signature?

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