Chelsea awakened and selected panic on Switch Deadline Day, all of the sudden realizing that we actually do in reality want a defensive midfielder — a bit like whenever you understand with dripping dread that the college project or work challenge you’ve been laying aside for the final three months is in reality due at present.
That stated, our resolution is just not the worst, and positively has loads of upside, with Chelsea agreeing a last-minute mortgage for Denis Zakaria with Juventus, which additionally features a buy-option reportedly round £30m. (So mainly the Saúl Ñíguez gambit from final season.) It took a number of further minutes to announce this previous the 11pm deadline on September 1, however ultimately it arrived.
The 25-year-old earned himself a reasonably good status as he developed right into a defensive drive within the Borussia Mönchengladbach midfield, and leveraged that right into a transfer to Juventus again in January: Gladbach selecting to money in with six months left on a contract he didn’t need to lengthen. However the Juve transfer has not turned out so nicely, with an adductor damage proscribing him to simply 13 appearances and getting apparently conflicting messaging from the membership hierarchy about his future already as nicely.
He had been linked with a number of different groups as nicely this summer season, however Chelsea swooped in at present and received issues performed.
Welcome, Denis, let’s win some issues!