In order to solve the Kante and Jorginho dilemma, Chelsea must focus on ‘Zidane 2.0.’ Potter and Boehly may have to revisit a former transfer target to solve the N’Golo Kante and Jorginho midfield dilemma.
Chelsea may have identified a suitable replacement for N’Golo Kante. The Blues are looking to strengthen their midfield in 2023, as they risk losing both Jorginho and his teammate for free when their current contracts expire.
Both are regarded as replaceable at this stage in their careers, and backup plans are in place, with Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham at the top of the list for new centre-backs. The England duo, on the other hand, would be an expensive acquisition, especially given the need for additional recruitment.
To counteract this, Todd Boehly was eager to look for other options over the summer, and he may turn to previous players to find the best combination of depth and quality. Adrian Rabiot is one of those who did not sign a new contract last summer but could end up at Stamford Bridge in 2023.
The Juventus player has just over six months left on his current contract and appears to be surplus to requirements, with the Italians eager to recoup his fees. They hoped to make some extra money after signing him to a free agent contract in 2019, but that did not happen.
Manchester United came the closest, agreeing a deal with the 27-year-old, but his wage demands put them off, and Chelsea, while in a position to pursue the Frenchman, chose not to. Chelsea’s midfield situation has deteriorated in the last six months, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic struggling for fitness, Jorginho still unable to fill the void in front of defense, and Kante out since August.
The position must be resolved in the short and long term as the New Year approaches. Rabiot is back in the mix and has spoken about his future in Qatar, thanks to his European nous and a strong start to the season in Serie A, which has been bolstered by a solid World Cup performance so far.
He told ESPN about his passion for the Premier League, saying, “I feel attracted by the football, by the Premier League itself, and its super competitive nature.” Even though I was young, I had a good time there. “I liked the culture and way of life, and so did my family.”
Rabiot spent a year at Manchester City’s youth academy before leaving, and he has hinted that he might return.
“I’m not opposed to playing in England,” he added, “but I’ll have a lot of options to consider.” I haven’t talked about the future with Juve, for example, because our start to the season was difficult, and the World Cup was approaching, and I wanted to concentrate on that. I’m going to start thinking about my future more.
“I’m not opposed to playing in England,” he added, “but I’ll have a lot of options.” I haven’t talked about the future with Juve, for example, because our start to the season was difficult, and the World Cup was approaching, and I needed to focus on that. After the World Cup, I’ll start thinking more seriously about my future.
The Frenchman has three goals and two assists from midfield for the Old Lady this season in Serie A, acting as a senior member of an otherwise youthful midfield that includes Aurelien Tchouameni and Edouardo Camavinga.
His role would have been significantly reduced if N’Golo Kante or Paul Pogba had been available, but he has done well in Qatar so far.
If N’Golo Kante or Paul Pogba were available, his role would have been significantly reduced, but he has performed well in Qatar so far, scoring and assisting once in four games.
Rabiot could be called upon to replace Kante once more as Chelsea seeks their own solutions.