Ben Chilwell is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines, and Chelsea may have the ideal target in mind to solve their issues at left-back
Ashley Cole has already given Chelsea the green light to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich. The 22-year-old defender has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge after Ben Chilwell confirmed his latest injury setback on social media earlier this week.
football.london understands that the England international is expected to be sidelined with a hamstring issue until at least mid-December. Chilwell is set to miss a difficult run of fixtures which sees the Blues lock horns with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City, Newcastle, Brighton and Manchester United.
“I think it is bad news,” Mauricio Pochettino said last week on the injury. ” The doctor told me it is not a good thing. It is a bad injury but we need to assess in the next few days and we’ll see the period he is going to be out of the squad and the team, but I think it doesn’t look good, the injury.”
With the Chelsea vice-captain’s injury record becoming a cause for concern, Mauricio Pochettino appears to have entered the market for a new left-back. According to 90min, the west Londoners have shown an interest in Davies, who sees his contract at the Allianz Arena expire in 2025.
The report states that Manchester City and Real Madrid are also keen on the Canada international. However, in a bid to fend off interest, 90min state that Bayern are preparing to offer Davies a new contract.
While it remains to be seen whether or not Chelsea launch a bid for the £69.3million-rated Canadian, Cole has already given his stamp of approval. Speaking to The Mirror in 2020, the former Blues defender heaped the utmost praise on Davies.
“He’s so direct, he’s quick, he can go inside or outside,” said Cole. “I played against him in the MLS and, obviously, he couldn’t combine there with players of the quality Bayern have.
“Moving to Bayern was a big step, it was a huge risk going from somewhere he was comfortable to play with top stars, but he has just improved – his timing, his understanding, when to go in behind, when to drag people out of position.
“He has improved on his decision-making and, of course, his strength is his speed. Everyone wants to give him time on the ball and you can’t do that because he is so quick.”