Chelsea are in desperate need of a new midfielder but are they capable of getting Declan Rice? Casemiro is the next best option
Chelsea are in desperate need of attempting a rebuild with Thomas Tuchel leading the line. Their new owners will be tasked with a hefty job of ensuring that all the squad’s needs are being met. The list of players needed is longer than it should be for a club that recently spent over £300 million in the last two summer transfer windows. In fact, the request for a rebuild is rather comical. Despite the focus on Chelsea’s defence, the Blues have been needing a shakeup in midfield.
Declan Rice and Aurelien Tchouameni have been linked with Chelsea for over a year now. Rice has become a resident Chelsea transfer request, whilst Tchouameni has not been on the radar for as long. With David Moyes posing a ridiculously high price tag for his club captain, going in for the AS Monaco midfielder felt to be the better option.
Now that Monaco has placed close to a £68 million price stage on Tchouameni, the Blues are assessing their options elsewhere. There’s an array of possibilities; however, the sanctions imposed on the club have restricted their negotiation tactics. Luckily, there’s one midfielder who hasn’t yet made up his mind on his current situation is four-time Champions League winner Carlos Henrique Casimiro.
The Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea will be alerted to Casemiro’s future after their Champions League final on the 28th of May. It is reported that if Casemiro decides to leave, the Blues will be the first to know. Carlo Ancelotti deems Casemiro as irreplaceable, but the Brazilian is understood to be unhappy about his wages. The 30-year-old has proven time and time again that he is reliable in a defensive role. He shares the same privilege as Luka Modric, who has aged like fine wine in the beautiful game.
I wouldn’t necessarily rush in for a Casemiro transfer, but I detest the idea of spending £150 million on a defensive midfielder. It’s a catch 22, to say the least. The Brazilian is valued at around £45 million according to Transfer Markt which is quite the steal following his stellar Champions League performances this season.
This isn’t the first time the Blues have been interested in the Madridsta’s resident midfielder. Just five years ago, according to Bleacher Report, Chelsea was monitoring Casemiro’s situation in an attempt to bring him to Stamford Bridge. If Tchouameni and Rice are out of the question, there’s a possibility that Chelsea could meet his demands to fill the gap that they have been desperate to fill since the departure of Nemanja Matic back in 2017.
Unless Todd Boehly is ready to splash, Casemiro is not a bad shout.