Chelsea miss on Reece James backup Josip Juranovic as the player joins Union Berlin
Chelsea have fallen short of finding a replacement for Reece James after missing out on signing 27-year-old Croatia international Josip Juranovic, who has joined Union Berlin from Celtic.
“Union Berlin confirms right-back Josip Juranovic has joined from Celtic. Deal is worth a guaranteed £7.5m with add-ons taking it to a potential £10m package. 27-year-old was excellent at the World Cup for Croatia and also considered by several EPL clubs.”
This would be disappointing news for Chelsea, as they have not found a replacement for James. The Englishman is our first-choice right-back but has been marred with injuries this campaign.
33-year-old Cesar Azpilicueta, who frequently played centre-back, does not offer the same attacking impetus as James. He is a bit more rigid on the ball and has lost pace with his age.
But Juranovic isn’t the only fish in the sea. Plus, we have to make sure that we bring in a full-back that is quality but also accepts that he will be James’ understudy and/or backup.
Chelsea are apparently attempting to sign Denzel Dumfries from Inter Milan. This could be a great signing as the player has been excellent for Inter and the Netherlands in the World Cup and will also provide competition for James.
Given the lack of depth at right-back for Chelsea, Dumfries could see decent playing time. The Italian giants rejected the Blues’ prior offer of £30.8 million and demanded €55 million (£48.4 million) for the 26-year-old.
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Given how desperately we need a right-back, Dumfries may be the perfect match. We can only hope that he quickly integrates into the club’s philosophy and the Premier League’s surroundings. But then again, as we mentioned above, it will be key to ensure that Potter knows beforehand how he is going to manage the new right-back’s playing time with James in the team.
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