Chelsea have completed the signing of Athletic Bilbao’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on a world-record deal, making him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, while Mateo Kovacic has joined the Blues on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid in a deal that see Thibaut Courtois join the Los Blancos.
Although, some Chelsea fans are not really happy with the Blues’ method of handling transfers this summer but no matter, the Premier League club look to have gotten exactly what they require this summer.
Their new head-coach Maurizio Sarri will transform Chelsea’s football philosophy with his intense, possession-at-all-costs style of play as seen during his days with Napoli.
Sarri is very fond of a 4-3-3 lineup system which is heavily reliant on the balance in midfield but he need the right players to fit the system, as seen in his team’s woeful performance on Sunday’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.
The performance in midfield will go through Jorginho. The midfielder, who joined Chelsea, shortly after Sarri was announced, will collect from the goalkeeper and start most attacks.
Chelsea will have N’Golo Kante in midfielder to provide the box-to-box energy both on and off the ball, enabling more space for Jorginho and Kovacic.
The combination of Kovacic, Jorginho and Kante would spell the end of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley, both of whom have the abilities to play in this role. This is likely also to end Tiemoue Bakayoko’s woeful Chelsea career, with the France international reportedly on his way to AC Milan on loan this summer.
Here’s how they will lineup in pictures: