In Focus: Chelsea target Lanzini has the potential to make a big impact

According to reports in The Sun, Chelsea are reportedly lining up a surprise move for West Ham United midfielder Manuel Lanzini this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Irons star has enjoyed an impressive personal campaign despite it being a disappointing one for his club, and he is starting to attract interest from some of the Hammers’ Premier League rivals.

One of those is understood to be the Blues, with technical director Michael Emenalo believing the Argentine has the potential to be on a par with former Tottenham Hotspur and current Real Madrid star Luka Modric in the future.

How well did he do this season?

He did really well.

The 24-year-old joined West Ham on a permanent deal last season following an impressive loan spell and he has gone from strength to strength this term – especially in the second half of the campaign following the controversial departure of Dimitri Payet during the January transfer window.

The Argentine scored eight goals and provided a further two assists from a range of different midfield positions across the Premier League season.

Hasn’t he said he is happy at West Ham?

Yes he did.

Last week, Lanzini said: “For now, I am thinking of the next game then thinking of having good holidays with the family. I am very happy here.”

Which other teams are interested?

Arsenal are understood to be keen while Everton and Liverpool could target the 24-year-old if they lost Ross Barkley and Philippe Coutinho respectively this summer.

Where would he fit in at Chelsea?

As we mentioned before, the Irons star has played on the left, in central midfield and in a more attacking midfield position this season.

In Antonio Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 formation, the Argentine would be likely to either play alongside a more defensively-minded player in the middle of the park, or perhaps on the left-hand side of the front three.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Antonio Conte knows that he needs more strength in depth than he perhaps had this season with Chelsea participating in the group stages of the Champions League, and Lanzini could be a player to provide this.

If they really believe he could be the next Luka Modric, they will surely make their move for the 24-year-old this summer.