Chelsea are in pole position to sign Juventus full-back Kwadwo Asamoah, but face competition from Arsenal, according to reports in Italy today.
Chelsea are in need of a left-back with the sale of Filipe Luis, probably back to Atletico Madrid, imminent. ChelseaNews24 have reported in recent days that the English champions might use the Brazil international as part of a deal to sign either Antoinne Griezmann or Arda Turan from the Atletico, but should he leave it would leave a space free on Chelsea’s defensive left.
Cesar Azpilicueta played with distinction in that position for much of last season; the Spain international was the main reason Luis featured so little in Jose Mourinho’s side. Not being naturally left-footed means that he could sometimes find himself exposed, the home game with Manchester City being the foremost example, so having a naturally left-footed player on that side would give the team more balance. The signing of Asamoah would also give Jose Mourinho depth at left-back.
Asamoah missed much of last season with a knee injury as Juventus won the league and cup double but just missed out on the Champions League, losing 3-1 to Barcelona. The 26-year-old is also a target for Arsenal; it is almost certain that the Gooners will secure the signing of Chelsea second choice goalkeeper Petr Cech this week.