Anyone who has seen Chelsea play this season will agree that Eden Hazard has blown both hot and cold at different stages of the season. No one seems to be talking about his inconsistency simply because Chelsea are doing well this season.
Another player who hasn’t done well so far this season is Cesc Fabregas but the Spaniard’s case is as a result of the fact that Conte seems to prefer N’Golo Kante in his team. However, if reports in the media today is anything to go by, both players may find their place in the current Chelsea team take over by someone else at the start of next season.
This is as reports claim Chelsea have open talks to sign highly rated Manchester United target Bernardo Silva from AS Monaco in a deal that will reportedly break Cheslea’ transfer record. According to a report by the Times, Bernardo Silva is valued at €80m (£68.4m) which may be the price Chelsea will have to pay if they want to stay any chance of signing the Portuguese.
Although Manchester United are currently the favorites for his signature, Chelsea entering the race and with the type of money they have to spend will make it more interesting.
Silva has been one of Monaco’s best, if not the very best, players so far this season. He has scored a total of eight times and five assists in 33 games in competition so far this season. And if Chelsea manage to sign him, it will massively affect both Hazard and Cesc Fabregas.
However, Chelsea will have to hope Manchester United drop their interest in the player or fail to make top four which will mean they missing out of Champions league. In my humble opinion, Silva will not want to sign for a club not playing in the Champions league and if United fail to make top four, Chelsea will all of a sudden have a perfect chance of signing the 22-year-old.
And the signing of Bernardo Silva, if it happens, will be a massive boost for Chelsea. His ability to unlock defenses will be very useful in games against highly defensive sides in the Premier League. His creativity in the central attacking midfield role will enable Diego Costa and whichever other striker Chelsea signs in the summer to score goals for fun. And the good thing is, he will not command as much wage as Fabregas.