Though few Chelsea fans would say it, the defence so far this season has been a little perplexing. Given the quality of players in said rotation, though, there is always a solid defender stepping in to the backline. However, it would appear that Chelsea want an extra layer of depth that they can use in central defenec. With that in mind, links to Attila Szalai of Fenerbahce should not come as any surprise.
The titanic centre-half has made quite a name for himself in Turkey, becoming one of the leading defenders in the league. His excellent performances since arriving at Fener, a massive club in their own right, have caught the eye of most of Europe. The player has been linked with most big names, but he appears to be a good fit for the style, personality, and cost level that the Blues are looking for in a new defender.
Reports in Turkey, via CNN Turk, suggest that Szalai could be a Blues player as early as January. The rumours have been swirling for a while now, with the defender also linked with a move to the Bundesliga. However, a price of over £20m would put off most German clubs, given the players only major top-flight experience has come with Fener.
Given the funds that Chelsea have to play with, though, taking a punt on this talent should not be out of their reach. The 23-year-old has made a big name for himself as he arrived in Turkey, quickly asserting his position.
His club side, though, are, like most Turkish clubs, suffering from financial losses and due to the conversion rate of the domestic currency. As such, the Canaries might need to think about taking the money they can for one of their key players.
Chelsea considering Saul Niguez return
Another transfer rumour floating around is that Chelsea will send back loan signing Saul Niguez. The versatile midfielder arrived in the summer on a loan deal, leaving boyhood club Atletico Madrid. Having admitted that his versatility had caused as many problems as it had solved solutions, the Spaniard was keen for a fresh start.
Though rumours linked him with a move to Barcelona, the player himself made clear he had only eyes for Atletico as his Spanish club of choice. However, a move to Chelsea offered the chance to play in a system that would suit him, and to join a team who just won the UEFA Champions League.
So far, though, he has barely played and has done precious little in the game time he has had. As such, it is likely that an exit will be sanctioned sooner rather than later. Both player and club have privately admitted frustration, and as it stands he is unlikely to get much game time or to see his permanent deal option picked up.
As such, an exit in January would provide both player and the respective clubs with time to make a decision on what the next step should be. While just a rumour, for now it looks pretty likely that Saul Niguez will no longer be a Chelsea player in 2022.