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Chelsea sign Zakaria on loan from Juventus as Blues address struggling midfield

8:48 PM EDT 9/1/22
Denis Zakaria Juventus 2022-23
Chelsea have signed Denis Zakaria on loan from Juventus just before the 2022 summer transfer deadline.
  • Zakaria has Champions League experience
  • Defensive-minded midfielder cover for injured N'Golo Kante
  • Could fortify struggling central group

WHAT HAPPENED? Chelsea have signed Zakaria from Juventus less than a year after he arrived in Turin from Borussia Monchengladbach. He comes on loan with a reported £30m buy option. Chelsea will cover his full salary this term.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The Blues were overrun in midfield during their 2-1 loss to Southampton this week, with injuries decimating the position group for Thomas Tuchel. The addition of Zakaria could provide immediate relief at Stamford Bridge.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Tuchel has also brought in big-name signings such as Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana this summer, but a poor early start to the campaign has created a sour mood in west London despite the spending.

STORY IN THREE PHOTOS:

Chelsea are going through a tough period.

Especially with N'Golo Kante struggling with fitness.

So the addition of Zakaria could be a difference maker for Tuchel.

WHAT NEXT FOR CHELSEA? Chelsea will meet West Ham this weekend before beginning their Champions League campaign.