Chelsea agree deal to sign Renato Veiga

Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal with FC Basel for versatile defensive midfielder Renato Veiga, who could play in different positions. 

According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea have agreed a deal for Renato Veiga from FC Basel. The versatile defensive star can be a useful addition to the Blues, who will pay €14/15 million for the Portuguese talent as they continue to buy young in this window. 

Chelsea agree a deal for Renato Veiga

Chelsea fans will wonder who Renato Veiga is, as their club has seemingly agreed a deal with FC Basel for the Portuguese talent. The 20-year-old, who celebrates his birthday later this month, has been rising in stature for his versatile positioning, and the Blues see him as an important addition. 

The move may have come out of nowhere, as Chelsea continues their recently adopted policy of buying young. They have made some deals across the board, as Veiga might be the next in line to arrive at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have agreed a deal with FC Basel for the versatile star and will pay around €14-15 million for the Portuguese talent. 

Whether this is a good deal from Chelsea’s perspective remains to be seen, and considering Transfermarkt’s €3 million valuation, they are probably overpaying for the player. Positionally, the left-footed Veiga can play across the backline, barring being a right-back, although his main position is listed as a defensive middle-fielder. 

Chelsea may feel the need to recruit for the left side of their defence, with suggestions that they could sell Ben Chilwell. They have been looking for a versatile left-footed defender in this window, and there are questions about whether the arrival of Veiga will end that search. 

Is Veiga an alternative to Riccardo Calafiori?

On paper, Riccardo Calafiori and Veiga have similar profiles, as both can play in different parts of the backline on the left-hand side. Arsenal are set to beat Chelsea in the race for the Italian international, although Veiga will cost only a third of what the Bologna defender could. 

Financially this could be a shrewd deal, although if Chelsea are considering Veiga as an alternative target to Calafiori, then they might have to give more thought to this transfer. 

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