Premier League leaders Chelsea are set to raid Juventus for out-of-favour utility man Kwado Asamoah when the transfer window reopens next month.
The 26-year-old has been made surplus to requirements over in Turin, and despite Jose Mourinho dismissing any suggestions of being active in the transfer market the Portuguese could find his versatility an asset too difficult to turn down.
A fee of around £24 million could be enough to see him touch down on English shores, though Massimiliano Allegri should be wary of surrendering the player whilst they are currently entrenched in a battle with Rudi Garcia’s Roma to retain their league crown.
Asamoah is a rare breed in today’s game, and is capable of performing duties in midfield and defence which have been crucial in the Old Lady’s recent spell of domination across the domestic scene.
Allegri’s predecessor Antonio Conte was a huge fan of the Ghanaian, signing him from fellow Serie A outfit Udinese back in the summer of 2012 before then selecting him 36 times the following season where he scored three goals to help them win the league title.
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That figure rose to 47 during Conte’s final season at the helm and, although he scored just twice, his performances on the field were enough to ensure the Italian left the club with a third consecutive league title under his belt.
However the appointment of Allegri back in the summer has soured his time in Turin, and having not featured since the 3-2 victory over Olympiakos last month he now looks set to leave the Serie A champions sooner rather than later.
With Manchester City’s recent form having shortened the distance between the two sides in the race for the title, Mourinho may perform a u-turn on his earlier statement and bolster his squad in order to deliver the club a first league title since the days of Carlo Ancelotti back in 2010.
The club waltzed to a comfortable victory over West Ham United on Boxing Day, but may sign Asamoah if Roberto Mancini fends off interest from Turkish side Besiktas to bring forgotten man Mohamed Salah to Inter Milan.
Mourinho values those capable of playing in multiple positions across the park, with ex-Middlesbrough and Cameroon legend Geremi playing a vital role in the club’s back-to-back league titles in the Portuguese’s first spell at the club in 2005 and 2006.
The Ghanaian midfielder could hold the key to two title races, particularly the one currently ongoing in Serie A.
Roma are just three points behind the Old Lady going into the New Year, and will be hoping the club deplete their ranks by selling a valuable asset which could in turn give them hope of a first league triumph since 2001.
Chelsea are a class apart in the Premier League, but the staying power of Manuel Pellegrini’s City could see them retain their crown when the season comes to an end in May.