Chelsea should avoid £36m January transfer mistake as Thomas Tuchel already has perfect signing


Chelsea and PSG have made an enquiry for Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio, according to Defensa Central . The 26-year-old has 18-months left on his current contract with Los Blancos, but under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, he has struggled to find game time consistently in the first-team.

This has led to reports of teams looking to sign the Spaniard, who has shown he can play at the elite level, but has dropped down the pecking order at the Bernabeu. The versatile attacker, who can play anywhere behind the striker in attack, could fit Thomas Tuchel’s style and system that he has in place.

The German coach has often leaned on a 3-4-2-1 since his arrival at the Blues, playing two inverted wingers as number 10s just behind the lone striker. This sort of role would suit Marco Asensio in this current Chelsea side, but the question is whether the signing is necessary or not.

If there is one place the Blues are not short of numbers, it’s in the attack. Mason Mount is normally guaranteed to play in one of the two number 10 roles, leaving one of those positions free.

While Kai Havertz was originally playing there regularly, a number of absences opened up the opportunity for Hakim Ziyech, who has taken it with both hands. Ziyech , 28, had struggled to work his way into the side since his arrival from Ajax. However, with two goals in his last two matches, he has started to show what he has to offer on a more consistent basis.

Not only would Asensio’s arrival potentially tarnish his current form, but then there’s also Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic, both of whom have also been playing in the role. That could leave Chelsea with six players competing for two roles, when the priority in the market could be elsewhere.

One particular area could be defensively, especially with as many as three key defenders possibly leaving in the summer. It remains to be seen whether the Blues do land Asensio, though any arrival may depend on some outgoings in the attacking department first.

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