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​Arsenal legend Smith: Chalobah must leave if Bakayoko arrives at Chelsea

Arsenal legend Alan Smith reckons that Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah should look for a new club if the Blues end up signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

The Blues are reportedly set to sign the French midfielder in a £35m move in the coming days.

Bakayoko's arrival at the West London would pave the way for Nemanja Matic to join Manchester United.

However, Smith is certain that Chalobah would find very limited playing opportunities in Antonio Conte's side next season.

"Chelsea have nearly bought a central midfielder haven't they, which is going to block Nathaniel Chalobah's path," Smith said on Sky Sports.

"You're thinking he will probably have to leave. That goes right across the board with a lot of the boys.

"People like Alfie Mawson, no disrespect, but at a slightly lower level of team in Swansea can have a career.

"Jordan Pickford, obviously going to Everton, that's a brilliant move for him. It is really difficult, Germany are the same."
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