Chelsea has announcement another signing to cap off the summer transfer window with the late acquisition of Denis Zakaria on loan.
Thomas Tuchel needed a midfielder as injuries had reduced his options. At the start of the season, he had a surplus of central midfielders, but as the deadline approached, he only had two experienced players fit in those places. This new signing will add much-needed short-term depth.
Chelsea sign Denis Zakaria
While the Blues were desperate to sign a player on deadline day, that doesn’t mean they’ve snapped up a former player. The Swiss international is an acclaimed midfielder who can relieve injury-prone N’Golo Kante.
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The 25-year-old has been described as a “midfield monsterand makes comparisons to Patrick Viera.
Exclusive: deal structure ⤵️
▫️ Loan with option to buy £30 million, NOT mandatory;
▫️ Potential five-year contract;
▫️ Chelsea to cover 100% of salary. pic.twitter.com/7RN3vKfaGZ
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
High level experience
Despite being in his mid-20s, Zakaria has been playing in one of Europe’s top leagues since 2017. After impressing in his home country for Young Boys, he was snapped up by German side Borussia Mönchengladbach . He was a regular in the Bundesliga, making 146 appearances for the club before moving to Juventus in January 2022.
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After just six months in Serie A, the former Servette academy graduate is heading to the Premier League, potentially on a permanent basis. Although the initial agreement is for a loan, fabrice romano reported that there is a £30million option to buy which could come with a five-year contract.
It was a very smart deal for the Blues as they get immediate cover for their midfield issues without committing a lot of cash. Also, if the Swiss midfielder ends up playing very well, they will have found their next star midfielder, but if he doesn’t, they can send him back to Italy.