Ajax have one of the most promising centre-backs in Davinson Sanchez. Despite them not being able to defeat Manchester United in the Europa League final at Stockholm, it was easy to see why he is in such demand.
Sanchez arrived in the last summer window and has since shown why he cost the club 4 million pounds. He has established himself in a great young side in keeping with the Johan Cruyff Philosophy.
Sanchez put in an assured performance at the back and has Chelsea fans urging Conte to sign him.
The young Ajax side could have conceded a lot more without the Colombian at the back.
Amassing 31 appearances in his debut season at Ajax, he has managed 12 clean sheets in that time. He managed 12 appearances in the Europa League as well.
He also has 6 goals to his name. If Chelsea do manage to sign him, then they will be acquiring a prolific centre-back.
He is adept at passing the ball, with an 89% pass completion very impressive for a player as young as him.(via squawka)
What he will offer Chelsea
The Colombian looks a worthy successor to their best ever centre back, John Terry. Tall and imposing, his reading of the game is exceptional. It is a mouth-watering proposition of seeing him partner the young Kurt Zouma for the decade to come. He is very good on the ball and can fit in seamlessly in a 3-man defence as well.
Chelsea, currently playing a 3-man defence en route to their Premier League victory, have been solid and their centre-backs reliable. It is no surprise that Thibaut Courtois collected the golden glove award this season. With Champions League football back to Stamford Bridge after a year-long absence, they will have a packed schedule and will need reinforcements. Davinson Sanchez is a young, talented footballer who fits the Chelsea philosophy of buying players when they are raw and sell them for a sizeable profit.
The Colombian will most likely find game-time hard to come by, but with three cups and the Premier League to play for, Conte will be looking to bolster his defence in the coming months.
Worth the money?
With FC Barcelona also interested in landing the Colombian, the price for his services will likely be very high. But he is young, has a lot of potential, and Chelsea have been fortunate enough to sign many diamonds for a small price before(case in point: Ceaser Apilicueta, Gary Cahill).
There will be a tug-of-war for his signature, but expect Chelsea to pull clear of the pack and land the budding star.
He will definitely come cheaper than former Ajax boy Virgil Van Dijk and can be a canny buy.