Connect in the back of the net

According to recent reports, Chelsea have been linked with a swoop for Inter Milan’s midfield anchor Geoffrey Kondogbia.

As reported by the Daily Star:

“According to the Daily Mirror, the Chelsea boss is weighing up a raid for the 23-year-old as he seeks to further remodel the squad he inherited from Jose Mourinho.

The former Juventus gaffer splashed out more than £100m on new talent having taken charge in west London this July.

But after missing out on a number of key targets, he is set to be backed by Roman Abramovich in January.

Ahead of the transfer window re-opening, Kondogbia’s representative Jonathan Maarek has admitted Inter are a stepping stone in his client’s career.

He told France Football: “It would be a lie if I said Geoffrey is living the best moment of his life.

“But this is a very important time in which to develop, because it is when you go through difficult periods that you become stronger.

“During his career he has done nothing but progress since the beginning.”

 

Should Chelsea sign him?

Kondogbia is a young, quality holding midfielder.

He’s physical, athletic, a good tackler, energetic and can be a useful outlet on the attacking front. However, Kante has been a superb signing and Matic seems to have returned to form under Conte.

Don’t get me wrong: Kondogbia is suited for the Premier League and would be a fine player for any side in the league. But I don’t think he’d be a necessary acquisition for Chelsea at the moment, unless he’s willing to be used in a squad rotation role.

 

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