It really will be interesting to see what Chelsea decide to do in the winter. Their transfer ban has been overturned so they can sign players again, but it’s a delicate balance between freshening the squad and disrupting the rhythm of the team.
Only they will know if they expected to make any purchases in the winter, but you would think they’ve still been active in tracking targets in preparing for this moment.
There have been some rumblings about some interest in Nice full-back Youcef Atal. Goal.com recently announced that he was a Chelsea target, while one of their writers spoke about him again as a potential target today.
Unfortunately, that was also in the context of him letting a long term knee injury:
We don’t know if he was being looked at as a severe winter target. Chelsea are well placed at full-back just now, but he’s really impressed in Ligue 1 lately and could’ve been seen as a long term successor to Cesar Azpilicueta.
He could still go on to make that move in the future, but it would make sense for Chelsea to cool that interest just now. It would be a huge risk to sign him before they’ve seen him successfully return from the injury and ensure he still seems like the same player.
It’s a massive blow for him and his club, but he needs to focus on recovering from this injury right now.