Three transfer options for Chelsea amid uncertainty over Pedro’s future at Stamford Bridge. Spanish international Pedro could leave Chelsea this summer at the end of his current contract, but who could the Blues look to replace him with at Stamford Bridge?
Chelsea star Pedro will turn 33 this summer, as he enters the twilight period of an incredibly successful career.He has won a wealth of trophies, at both club and international level, but his time at Chelsea seems to be over. His contract is due to expire in a few months and younger players are taking precedence as Frank Lampard looks to build for the future.Last month, it was reported that Pedro had confirmed that he would be leaving the club this summer.
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But the Spaniard himself spoke out to deny this was the case, and that while his contract is due to end at the end of the season, he insisted there was still time to discuss his future.But with another of the old guard, Willlian, potentially on his way too, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and the incoming Hakim Ziyech would be Chelsea’s only remaining wide options, if Pedro leave this summer.As such, Lampard will no doubt be keen to strengthen this area of his squad, with some interesting possibilities to consider.
We look below at three potential transfer options for the Blues this summer.
Jeremie Boga- sassuloThe Ivory Coast
international’s one and only appearance in the Chelsea first team lasted just 18 minutes.A red card for Gary Cahill brought his afternoon to a premature end, with Andreas Christensen taking his place. After a chastening 3-2 defeat to Burnley, Jeremie Boga was soon on his way to Birmingham City for yet another loan.Since leaving Stamford Bridge permanently in July 2018, Boga has blossomed at Sassuolo, adding goals and assists to his game. Always an exciting dribbler, he often lacked the end product.
Consistent game time at a settled club who play in a system that suits him has helped to address this, and rumours are mounting over a potential return to Chelsea.Boga is believed to have a buy-back clause in his Sassuolo contract that would enable him to return to his former club at a fraction of the price potential suitors would be expected to pay considering his fine form. He has eight goals, many of them impressive strikes, and four assists to his name this season in Serie A.
Ismaila sarr- Watford
It’s been a strange season for Watford, and the man who’s rapidly emerged as their most talented player is Ismaila Sarr. Having been linked with a host of Europe’s biggest clubs, Sarr joined the Hornets in August for a club-record fee.After a rocky first few months of poor results and managerial instability, the appointment of Nigel Pearson has had a steadying influence on the side and enabled Sarr to flourish.Ismaila Sarr celebrates after scoring his second against Liverpool .The Senegalese winger notably scored twice, and set up the other goal, to end Liverpool’s unbeaten run in spectacular style late last month.
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Although Sarr is tied down to a long-term contract, Watford remain in relegation trouble and he could be tempted to leave. He’s already adapted to the demands of the Premier League and has the match-winning qualities Chelsea would be looking for in a wide player.
Jeremy Doku – Anderlecht
Belgium’s production line of talent, led chiefly by Anderlecht’s famous academy, shows no signs of slowing down.Jeremy Doku stands out as the brightest of the current crop. The 17-year-old winger, who has shone in four appearances for the Belgium Under-21s, is already being compared to former Chelsea favourite Eden Hazard. Quick, confident and direct, he has already played 30 games for the Anderlecht first team.Doku has been linked to Liverpool but would get more game time at Chelsea, particularly under the new regime.