Now is the right time for Chelsea to move for this long-term target

Let’s face it – although the temporarily-placed Guus Hiddink has undoubtedly served to steady the ship down at Stamford Bridge for the most part this season, the once joyous Blues faithful have ultimately had very little to shout about in 2015/16, with Chelsea somehow looking totally void of form throughout large portions of the current campaign.

Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement in the Chelsea dug-out – likely to be current boss of the Italian national team, Antonio Conte, if certain reports are to be believed – will nonetheless view the upcoming summer transfer window with a great deal of significance and crucial importance.

PSG’s emerging centre-back Marquinhos has reportedly been singled out as a major transfer target for the Blues this time around due to his apparent lack of first team action at the Parc des Princes, but despite the growing speculation surrounding the Brazilian’s supposed lack of future with the Parisian giants, nothing remains certain.

Yet if the impressive 21-year-old centre-back is eventually tempted by an illustrious move to Stamford Bridge, would the Brazil international really represent a smart move for Hiddink’s current outfit, or must Chelsea look to land a more established defender in light of John Terry’s impending exit from the club?

Well, if Marquinhos’ overall game were to be based purely on his growing reputation alone, then it seems the Stamford Bridge faithful could be in for something of a treat with this man on board next season. The former AS Roma defender has come on leaps and bounds since first establishing himself upon the European scene, and could possibly even go down as one of the best defenders in world football just a few short years down the line.

The Brazilian certainly possesses enough pace to keep him out of trouble, his aggression in the tackle has served to frustrate several top-flight attackers in Ligue 1 in recent seasons, and when it comes to helping the rest of his team-mates do their thing in and around the final third Marquinhos hasn’t disappointed much either.

If it wasn’t for the presence of both Thiago Silva and David Luiz ahead of him in the star-studded pecking order at PSG this season, this reported Chelsea target would have surely transformed himself into a first-team regular a long time ago. As such a luxury is rarely afforded to young up and coming players at some of Europe’s most elite clubs these days, however, PSG’s potential loss could certainly represent Chelsea’s future gain.

Marquinhos still has the prime years of his career ahead of him at only 21, and whilst he would admittedly set Chelsea back a fair amount financially this summer, this is a player who could potentially develop even further in the not too distant future.

The recent Blues interest in the South American therefore arrives as very little surprise in the cold light of day. Although the lone signing of the young defender wouldn’t represent anything close to an out-and-out immediate swap for the outgoing John Terry at Stamford Bridge, the current PSG centre-back could seemingly go down as a replacement for the former England captain in the long-run.

The rapidly emerging Brazilian international might not arrive as the complete defender, but as Marquinhos’ value nonetheless looks set to increase massively over the next few seasons, so now would be an opportune moment for Chelsea to finally make their move…