Chelsea prepared to pay £24m for Juve utility man Kwadwo Asamoah?
Chelsea, 11/1 chances with Coral to complete a domestic treble of the Capital One Cup, FA Cup and Premier League this season, may recruit Ghana and Juventus utility man Kwadwo Asamoah to plug gaps in their squad.
Tabloid reports claim the 26-year-old left-footer, who can play at full back, on the flank or in midfield, may be sold by Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri if Asamoah’s £24m valuation is met.
A knee cartilage problem has kept him out of action for the Turin giants since the autumn, however, and because of this Asamoah will miss representing his country at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
Such a troublesome injury may mean the player would struggle to pass a Stamford Bridge medical straight away, but the Blues have a rich recent tradition of having Ghanaians on their books.
Midfielder Michael Essien spent eight-and-a-half years at Chelsea, while the west London outfit own winger Christian Atsu, who is presently on loan at Everton.
Helping Juventus to back-to-back Serie A titles means Asamoah, deployed by Allegri’s predecessor Antonio Conte so successfully as a left wing back, has a winning mentality and work ethic that will stand him in good stead for working with Jose Mourinho.
If used in midfield by ‘the Special One’, Asamoah will give the Blues another option as backup to Nemanja Matic. Any move for this player may signal the end of Nigeria international John Obi Mikel’s time at the Bridge, however, as he is behind the Serbian enforcer, Cesc Fabregas and Ramires in the pecking order.
Former Udinese player Asamoah has 66 caps for Ghana, nicknamed the Black Stars, and will be a miss for them at the Africa Cup of Nations, having previously played at six major tournaments.
If they sign Asamoah, Chelsea will be unable to field him in the Champions League (7/1 shots to win that competition), though, as he is cup-tied.