Transfer deadline: Chelsea told to hijack Arsenal’s move for Partey
Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has urged Chelsea to take advantage of Arsenal’s indecision and make a move for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, before the October 5 transfer deadline.
Partey had drawn the interest of Arsenal in the past few weeks, but the Premier League club have been unable to raise the funds required to activate the midfielder’s €50m release clause.
But Ferdinand believes Chelsea would stop conceding a lot of goals this season if they sign Partey to play alongside N’Golo Kante in the Blues’ midfield.
Speaking on if Chelsea should make a move for Partey, Ferdinand told BT Sport, “I think a huge thing for them (Chelsea) is to stop conceding goals.
“I think Frank would have looked at it last season and 3 of the back 4 that’ll be playing today are new players.
“He will have seen that a lot of goals conceded and I think the most conceded in 22 years at the club.
“I do not think he is happy with the likes of Kovacic or Jorginho. You can see that because he is chopping and changing in those positions.
“Getting someone like [Partey] in to protect the back four or five along with Kante goes a long way to nullifying the goals against.”
Also, speaking, former Chelsea player, Joe Cole, added: “As soon as possible I think Frank wants to nail down the goalkeeping position and back four and then he can just tinker with that midfield and Partey would be a fantastic signing.”