Not Bakayoko, Chelsea assign squad no.17 for creative midfielder amid transfer talks

Chelsea’s conquest of the League last season was made possible with about 14 squad members but the Blues did feature in fewer competitions than their capital rivals. The defending Champions of the League will feature in four competitions next term but they have a very thin midfield.

Antonio Conte have been forced to promote Belgian stalwart Charly Musonda to his first team ahead of the upcoming season. The Blues manager has been having a frustrating transfer window, following the reported deal collapse for Romelu Lukaku, while deals for Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudigger are not forth coming.

Chelsea have given the Musonda encouraging signs ahead of their pre-season tour. He has reportedly secured a kit number with the first team. Although history has shown us that Chelsea have not favoured most of their youth players, Foot Mercato claim they have been informed by reliable sources that he playing will be lacing his boots for the first team of Chelsea in the 2017/18 season.

To buttress this report, the brother of Musonda had dismissed the possibility of the player exiting Stamford Bridge this summer, asserting that he will play for Chelsea next season.

Musonda was away on loan over the course of the penultimate season and last but he still highly rated and this year could be his. Instead of selling Matic and Signing Bakayoko, why not retain Musonda and Matic, and use the funds for Bakayoko to bolsters the attack.

Chelsea fans are becoming increasingly discontented over the course of this summer. While Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City have bolstered their squad, Willy Cabellero is the only addition to Chelsea, but he joined on a free transfer and cannot be the Blues’ first team.