Chelsea target Matias Vecino showed vs Saudi Arabia he is no better than Drinkwater

Chelsea are reportedly targeting a summer move for Inter Milan defensive midfielder Matias Vecino, rated at £18.9m by Transfermarkt, but his latest display for Uruguay in their 1-0 World Cup win against Saudi Arabia suggests that he may not actually be a good buy for them.

It appears as though the Blues could be in for a busy summer transfer window following a miserable defence of their 2017 Premier League title in which they finished in fifth position and missed out on Champions League qualification, with the latest reports in the Daily Mail on Thursday suggesting that former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is in line to replace Antonio Conte.

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The same Daily Mail report also says that the incoming Italian has made Vecino one of his top transfer targets, as the west London outfit look for a defensively-minded player in the middle of the park with the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko failing to impress in their debut campaigns at Stamford Bridge.

Vecino started alongside Rodrigo Bentacur in the centre of the Uruguay midfield against a team that was thrashed 5-0 by hosts Russia in their World Cup opener, but he failed to make a positive impact.

Matias Vecino stats vs Saudi Arabia

While the 26-year-old had a decent enough passing accuracy of 84% and made three tackles, as per WhoScored.com, the fact he made no interceptions or clearances and committed two fouls is hardly promising for him being a potential success in the Premier League.

Considering he didn’t really impress in his nation’s opener against Egypt earlier, Chelsea, whose fans don’t want their club to complete an £81m attacker deal, could be making another big mistake in the transfer market if they sign a player who is not really any better than Drinkwater and Bakayoko.