The right fullback position has been something of a problem one for Chelsea and we’ll likely have to bring one in this summer, especially as Jose Bosingwa has left and despite being solid defensively, Branislav Ivanovic doesn’t offer enough going forward in my opinion.
We had been linked with Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel but the trail seems to have gone cold on him as Benfica have opened talks with Ajax to discuss a transfer, according to reports in the Netherlands. However, it would seem as though most fans wouldn’t mind missing out on him as there are question marks over his defensive capabilities and he’s looked average during the European Championships for his country.
So it would seem as though we will be looking elsewhere and according to the Daily Mirror, we’re interested in French centre-back Mathieu Debuchy, who has been strongly linked with a move to Newcastle United but they’ve allegedly had a bid rejected and Chelsea could be set to move in to sign the player for as little as £6-8m.
I have not seen the 26-year-old play too many times but he has looked decent for France during the Euros and has some technical ability. Also, it couldn’t hurt bringing one of Eden Hazard’s former team-mates from Lille as they already know each other well.
What do you think of Debuchy and would you like to see him at Stamford Bridge?