Michael Olise signs, Julian Alvarez saga - Next Chelsea transfer after Tosin Adarabioyo decided

Michael Olise
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Chelsea today confirmed their first signing of the Enzo Maresca era with Tosin Adarabioyo joining on a free transfer.

The defender, born just three miles away from Stamford Bridge, has penned a four-year contract with the west London club. Adarabioyo will officially be a Blues player on July 1 with his contract at west London neighbours Fulham expiring at the end of the month.

It looks to be a smart piece of business from Chelsea. Signing an experienced player in a position they needed to replace, as well as the fact they will not have to pay a transfer fee. It does make sense.

All of the signs are pointing to the fact that this will not be the only piece of business the club do this summer. Far from it, in fact, with a busy period expected over the next few months. And, with that being said,'s panel debate where Chelsea should address next.

Bobby Vincent

I think Noni Madueke is a good player - with the potential to be great - please do not get me wrong. But is he the level Chelsea need going into next season? It would be hard to say yes to that.

So for that reason, I want the Blues to go all out on a right winger this summer. And Michael Olise from Crystal Palace is the perfect option, for me, albeit he has had his problems with injuries in recent seasons.

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Olise is a supreme talent. He has the potential to become one of the best right wingers in world football and if he could do that at Stamford Bridge, then it could propel Chelsea to the next level under Maresca.

Chelsea have been long-term admirers of Olise, but as of yet, there is nothing concrete ahead of the summer transfer window. It also seems like Manchester United have a keen interest in the 22-year-old wide man so the Blues could face stern competition should they decide to go all in for his signature.

Joe Doyle

There have been so many additions at Chelsea over the last couple of seasons that it's tough to nail down exactly where to strengthen, and where players need just a little more time to gel.

There needs to be more depth at centre-forward, that's clear. But Christopher Nkunku's return from injury should lighten the attacking burden on Nicolas Jackson next season - it's just whether the club want to (or can afford to) go out and get a real world-class No.9 or not.

For me, they need to sort out what's happening with the midfield. Is Conor Gallagher staying or going? Either getting a good fee for him or getting him to sign a new deal should be the first priority, because it will help shape what the club are able to do in the market afterwards.

There are certainly some talented youngsters around the squad, but if any of them were better equipped than Gallagher, they'd have already been playing. So if he does leave, they may still need to bring in a replacement.

Sam Truelove

The arrival of Adarabioyo is a good start to Chelsea's summer transfer business. Not only is the defender a quality addition, he also arrives as a free agent. With the Blues somewhat restricted by the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules, any ways the club can save money is welcome.

For me, this is partly why Chelsea should sign Ivan Toney next up. The Brentford striker has just over 12 months remaining on his deal at the Gtech Community Stadium and should be available for a decent price.

He will be much cheaper than a player like Victor Osimhen, anyway. Proven Premier League quality. The type of player likely to thrive in this exciting Chelsea player. Sign him up, Todd Boehly.

Tom Coley

File the free transfer of Adarabioyo in the 'astute' category. If this is the sort of smart but unflashy business Chelsea will be conducting all summer then Maresca will be all the better for it.

Some of the most important deals for them to do are not even necessarily big arrivals. Signing Gallagher to a new deal or making a U-turn on Trevoh Chalobah would be just as good as almost any player being signed.

That said, there are some standout names that would make for strong additions. Olise is chiefly among them. He is a difference-maker for any team he plays for and even with Cole Palmer on the books, Chelsea should be willing to do anything to get them both in the same side.

Perhaps a new goalkeeper is more pressing - surely Ederson is off the table even if he has all the attributes to be perfect under Maresca. A striker would be useful as well, if nothing else then to take the load off Jackson's shoulders.

Benjamin Sesko is raw and talented enough to make a good claim here but the reports of Julian Alvarez are certainly interesting. Really, Chelsea need to lie low and get their transfers done early.

The less hype the better, but that doesn't seem likely. The incoming £60million bid for Olise and dramatic saga with Alvarez seem inevitable.