As an undisputed right-back, Cesar Azipilicueta has held major responsibilities in Chelsea and it appears that no player has been able to compete with him since he came into Stamford Bridge.
Often times, he played as a left back under several managers before switching to the right.
Under former manager Antonio Conte, he played as a joint 3 back-line alongside David Luiz and Garry Cahill.
He appeared to be the shortest at the back but his intelligence showed how much he could compete with others, irrespective of his height.
Zappacosta eventually came in, not to replace Azpilicueta, but challenge Victor Moses.
Recently, Maurizio Sarri clearly stated that Moses will play as an attacker, so it means Zappacosta cannot challenge Moses or compete as a right-back with Azpilicueta because of his inconsistencies.
More reason why Chelsea will need to look out for Ricardo Pereira. The former FC Porto defender could be a potential right back that could compete with the 29-year-old captain.
His intelligence can as well be matched with the Spanish right back. His tackles, pace and quick feet makes him remarkable.
Irrespective of his height, he was privileged to be converted as a fullback under Paola Fonseca while he was in FC Porto.
In 2013 final, not only was he among the players that won the domestic league cup for the first time, but he also scored against Benfica.
He joined coach Favre’s men on loan who was among the players that saw Nice qualify for the Champions League last season, even though they were knocked out of the qualifying round as he was in that same year voted the best fullback by the international centre for sports studies and top 10 right backs in Europe.
The 24-year-old right back played with Portugal in Russia, right from the group stage to the knockout.
He probably looks like a player who wants to catch the eyes of bigger clubs in the Premier League before joining Leicester City as a right back for €25 million during the summer transfer window.
In recent years, Chelsea have always had good transfer terms with Leicester City when the blues snatched N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater.
The Blues are never short of attackers but with the influence of an attacking minded defender, the right-wing can be as effective as the pair between Hazard and Alonso. Sarri should start considering a potential right back like Ricardo Pereira
PSG In Swap Bid For Chelsea Target
French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have informed Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid that they want to sign Gareth Bale before the end of this summer’s transfer window.
This is according to the publication from the stables of the Independent which revealed that PSG are ready to receive Real Madrid outcast Bale plus cash for star player Neymar.
Brazilian international Neymar is the most expensive player in world football at the moment after PSG activated the €222m (£200m) release clause in his then Barcelona contract two years ago.
Neymar has told PSG officials that he wants to leave the club this summer after growing frustrated with life in Paris.
The 27-year-old is keen to return to Barcelona ahead of the new season billed for next month.
The Brazilian international scored 51 goals in 58 appearances for PSG during an injury-hit time at the Parc des Princes.
PSG officials want to sign Gareth Bale in exchange for long-term Chelsea target Neymar.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has already made his position known on Welsh international star Bale.
While speaking in his post-match press conference shortly after the 2019 International Champions Cup (ICC) clash between his team and German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Zidane confirmed that Bale is not in his plans.
Ex-Chelsea Star To Join Flamengo This Summer
Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis is set to join Brazilian Serie A side Flamengo on a free transfer this summer.
According to his latest interview as monitored by Goal, the Brazilian international hinted about a move to Flamengo on the back of spending a second spell at Atletico Madrid.
The veteran left-back will return to his native Brazil this summer as confirmed by the player himself.
Filipe Luis was one of the veteran players that left Atletico Madrid this summer after their respective contracts ran out.
He had earlier left Atletico Madrid for Chelsea before he returned to the Rojiblancos at the end of just one season.
Apart from Filipe Luis, veteran defenders Diego Godin and Juanfran have also left the club.
Uruguayan international Godin has already joined Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan on a free transfer.
The former Villarreal player has joined the Antonio Conte revolution at the San Siro.
Atletico Madrid have made wholesale changes to their squad ahead of the new season billed for next month.
The Rojiblancos have signed Mario Hermoso from fellow Spanish La Liga club Espanyol as the direct replacement for the aforementioned Godin.
For Juanfran, Atletico Madrid have signed England international Kieran Trippier from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs In Pole Position To Sign Chelsea Target
North Londoners Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in pole position to sign Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon this summer.
This is according to the report from the Daily Express which claimed that Spurs are the frontrunners to sign the young English player but they are not ready to pay more than £25m for him.
Fulham want more money for Sessegnon but they are almost handicapped since he has one year left on his current deal with the Cottagers.
Tottenham Hotspur are the only club interested in Ryan Sessegnon.
Apart from Spurs, Ryan Sessegnon has also been linked with clubs like German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund as well as the Premier League trio of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Ryan Sessegnon broke into the Fulham team during their Premier League promotion campaign from the 2017/18 season.
He scored 18 goals for Fulham as the Cottagers secured promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs.
Fulham won the final of the Championship playoff during that season after the narrow 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
Ryan Sessegnon were unable to replicate their Championship form in the Premier League after they suffered relegation back to the second tier of England after finishing as the worst team in the division bar Huddersfield Town.
Ryan Sessegnon scored three goals for Fulham in the last campaign.
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