As we all saw during last weekend’s visit of Swansea City to Stamford Bridge, veteran Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic had a horrid time trying to contain Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero, with the 25-year-old just too much to handle for the now 31-year-old Blues right-back.
So far Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been very quiet in the transfer market, only signing Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to replace Petr Cech, and bringing in Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on loan to make up for the departure of Didier Drogba.
This morning French daily Le Parisien is reporting that Chelsea has approached Paris Saint-Germain over the availability of Netherlands international defender Gregory van der Wiel, who is understood to be in contract talks with the French champions over a new deal at the Parc des Princes.
While we are sure the display by the Serbian international was just a bad day, it would be wise on the part of Mourinho given his Champions League ambitions to have a backup in place just in case Saturdays display by Ivanovic was not just a one off.
27-year-old Van der Wiel ticks all the boxes, and if available would make an excellent signing to help provide cover at right-back while also sending a message to Ivanovic that no one player is irreplaceable at Stamford Bridge.