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Chelsea eyeing Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi

Chelsea eyeing Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi

A recent report stemming from England has linked Chelsea with Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi.

Who is Malinovskyi?

Ruslan Malinovskyi joined current side Atalanta in the summer of 2019.

The midfielder had previously been honing his craft in Belgium with KRC Genk, before being shipped off to Italy for a fee believed to be just over £12m.

Malinovskyi enjoyed a decent debut campaign in the Serie A, notching eight goals and five assists as Atalanta secured another season of Champions league football.

And, in 2020/21, the 35-time capped Ukraine international has continued to impress.

So far, across 35 league outings, Malinovskyi has managed to net eight and provide 12 assists for the Orobici, a solid return for an attacking midfielder.

But whilst Malinovskyi generally lines out in a central role, he can also play in a slightly deeper midfield berth and on the right-wing, positions he has taken up on occasion this season.

Chelsea linked with Ruslan Malinovskyi

And now, Malinovskyi, whose current contract runs until 2023, is being linked with a Premier League outfit.

According to the Sun, Chelsea are planning a summer raid for the midfielder, who is said to be rated at £20 million.

It is added that both Serie A champions Inter Milan and PSG are also interested in the midfielder.

Do Chelsea really need to be signing an attack-minded midfielder, though?

The Blues already have a plethora of options to choose from going forward, with Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech and more ready and willing to play in an advanced midfield role.

If Chelsea are keen to strengthen in central midfield, perhaps someone like Yves Bissouma would be a more suitable target?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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