Kwadwo Asamoah wouldn’t be the Marcos Alonso upgrade Chelsea need

According to Italian media outlet Tuttosport, Chelsea are making a late bid to sign Juventus star Kwadwo Asamoah this summer, although Inter Milan remain in pole position to sign the Ghana international.

What’s the word, then?

Kwadwo Asamoah in action with Kieran Trippier

Well, Tuttosport says that the 29-year-old, who has 69 caps for his country, is set to leave Juve at the end of the season when his contract expires, and while Inter are believed to be the favourites to sign Asamoah having already offered him a three-year contract, the Blues have joined the race for him.

Tuttosport says that while Abramovich could give the versatile left-sided player an attractive financial offer, he could still decide to remain in Italy.

How has Asamoah done this season?

He has found first-team football hard to come by with Alex Sandro established as the club’s first-choice left-back and left wing-back.

Still, the 29-year-old has made 24 appearances in all competitions, picking up a further assist, and he has shown how his passing is one of his main attributes, with an accuracy of 88.4% in 21 outings in Serie A and the Champions League this term, according to WhoScored.com.

Would he be a good signing for Chelsea?

It’s difficult to say.

If the Blues are simply looking for some competition for Marcos Alonso then Asamoah would be a good addition, but if they are looking for an upgrade for the Spaniard at left wing-back next season then the Ghanaian probably wouldn’t be the answer.

With Kenedy and Emerson Palmieri, whose performance against Southampton last weekend was praised by fans on Twitter, already on their books they have the cover they need for Alonso, and there is no point dipping into the transfer market for another left-sided player unless he is definitely better than what they already have starting in that position – it is difficult to argue that this would be the case.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it seems as though this is perhaps agent talk so Asamoah is handed a better contract offer by Inter, as it seems unlikely that Chelsea would move for the player, who turns 30 before the end of 2018, if they want to challenge for the Premier League title again next season.