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Spanish International Ready To Follow Maurizio Sarri To Chelsea: Do They Really Need Him?

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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.

Antonio Conte still has a year left on the contract that he signed with Chelsea a couple of years ago. He did help them to a couple of trophies in his time in England but that does not seem enough for him to keep his place at the club next season.

The Blues are expected to announce Maurizio Sarri as their new manager and with the new season coming close, the Italian is already planning for life next season. Chelsea are yet to sign a player this transfer window and will be desperate to improve the quality in the first team this summer. One such player Sarri is now interested in is Jose Callejon.

Born and brought up in Motril, Spain, the 31-year-old started his career with Real Madrid but failed to break into the senior side at Bernabeu and was shipped off to Espanyol in 2008. He spent three decent seasons in Catalonia and was brought back to the Spanish capital in 2011. However, he failed to step up at the biggest stage and just two seasons and 55 league appearances later, he was sold to Napoli in Italy.

A versatile attacker, who can play as a striker or as a winger, Callejon was used on the flank regularly last season by Sarri, where he managed 11 goals and 12 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions. He is strong and technically astute, loves to have the ball at his feet and can create chances consistently in the final third.

He is a great provider, who is effective over a dead ball but his biggest strength remains how he effectively uses the ball. He is good at hold up play, can dominate full-backs in the attacking areas and can also finish half chances regularly, making him a dangerous player.

He has already made 187 Serie A appearances to date and has five appearances for the national side. At 31, he stands as one of the most experienced wingers in the game and is a decent acquisition for Chelsea.

Reports suggest that Chelsea have now added Callejon to their wish list. The Spanish international has two years left on his current deal in Naples but could jump at a chance to move to Chelsea along with Sarri this summer.

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However, he is not exactly a necessity at Stamford Bridge at the moment. Willian and Pedro are two players who play in similar positions in the squad and Callejon is not too huge an upgrade on either names. He is not an urgent requirement for Chelsea and is not someone they need to go all in for.

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