Continuing the transfer trend, Chelsea are reportedly expressing an interest in PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke, who is flourishing in the Dutch Eredivisie.
According to The Times, Blues boss Graham Potter is a big admirer of the 20-year-old and could issue a concrete transfer move to secure his signature in the coming weeks, with £31m touted for his service.
However, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, writing in his daily Caught Offside column, stated that following Liverpool’s initial £35m transfer of Cody Gakpo, it is unlikely that PSV would grant the departure of another offensive flanker this January, meaning the Blues may have to wait until the summer to get their man.
With the Blues currently languishing in tenth place in the Premier League, ten points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United and beset with six defeats across their last nine futures across all competitions, inclusions are paramount for future success.
Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has signed on the dotted line for a six-month loan spell at Stamford Bridge, entering the fray to provide an extra dimension to the floundering offence, but further additions are indeed vital in order to maintain the club’s stature as one of the division’s very elite at the dawn of a new era.
But the signing of Maduke would signify an onus on prolonged triumph in west London, with the young starlet indeed boasting many attributes that would hint at prosperous fortunes under Potter.
This season, the England U21 international has been stricken with injury, and has consequently only made a smattering of performances in the Netherlands, but has chalked up two goals from three starts regardless.
And last term, the phenom made a breakthrough despite his tender age, scoring nine goals and six assists from 35 outings for the Boeren, earning his place among the hottest offensive prospects on the globe.
Integrating into a Chelsea side boasting a fine blend of youth and experience, Madueke could flourish at Stamford Bridge, bringing pace and fleet-footed brilliance in abundance.
As per FBref, he ranks among the top 4% for assists and the top 1% for completed dribbles and touches in the opposing box, when compared to positional peers across men’s ‘Next 8’ – the divisions below the established major leagues – over the past year.
In fact, the cohesive partnership that he could forge with incoming phenom Christopher Nkunku could be nothing short of spectacular, with the £52.4m deal for the RB Leipzig gem closing on completion ahead of the new season.
Nkunku has been in remarkable goalscoring form in the German Bundesliga, and has scored 17 goals in 23 appearances this term – his clinical prowess will pay dividends for a side struggling for offensive fluidity, scoring only 20 leagues goals this season; the lowest tally of any top-ten Premier League outfit.
With Madueke’s inclusion, a deadly link in the final third could be established, with the PSV ace’s aforementioned dribbling aptitude and tendency to surge into the box likely to benefit the eight-cap France international in his own clinical endeavours.
Former PSV midfielder Tommie van de Leegte once hailed the precocious talent for his “explosive” style, and should he arrive in west London alongside Nkunku, he can certainly start off with a resounding bang.