Reports on Chelsea’s player transfers: There is tremendous competition for Christopher Nkunku during the January transfer window, but Todd Boehly has proved he is ready to get deals done early.
With January shaping up to be a busy month for the Blues in terms of acquisitions, Graham Potter is wasting no time implementing his plans for Chelsea’s roster.
Todd Boehly’s rapid-fire and extensive surgery of the club was well reported, as he spent £250 million on new players while cutting ties with older, less effective bench warmers and frequent loanees.
Chelsea will have known that their inability to do business before June was always likely to hurt them in their attempt to entice players to the club or get a head start on the competition, but it truly became a struggle with transfers, especially as deals were negotiated late into the window, which is never a sign of good planning.
Of course, not all of it was Boehly’s fault, but everything he’s done since then has been very proactive—indeed, some could even call it hasty. Former directors and footballing decision-makers Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia, and Petr Cech were replaced by Boehly and Behdad Eghbali during the summer. As satisfying as it is to move into a new home and clean it up, at least the mess that was left behind is now their responsibility. To be fair, that’s exactly how the present bunch intended it.
Since then, members of the club have played an important role in instituting broad reforms across the board. Since Thomas Tuchel has most famously left, there have been several discussions about hiring a new technical and sports director, as well as advisers. Head of recruiting Joe Shields is likely to join the club from Southampton, while Graham Potter already has a staff in place to help with the process.
According to The Mirror, Boehly wants to delay the signing of Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig to January 2023 rather than summer 2023 despite having previously agreed to sign Nkunku in principle and having undergone preliminary medical exams.
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According to football.london’s sources, Chelsea has already offered more money to the German club than his release clause of £52.8 million, and if they want to complete the deal in January, that number might go up even more.
But it could be more difficult for them to recruit Leandro Trossard, a player Potter much admired during his time at Brighton. Reports suggest that Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid are also interested in signing him. Trossard has been fantastic over the last 18 months, and he’s off to a strong start this season with five goals and two assists.
The precise nature of his contract is unclear, though. After signing a four-year contract in 2019, it was assumed that his tenure would end in the summer of 2022. However, Potter recently said as Brighton manager that there was “more than that,” suggesting that an extension is possible. Although this is unlikely to deter Chelsea from pursuing a trade, the interest from Spain may prompt Boehly to move quickly.
Since both Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic wanted out of the club in the summer, speculation about their potential departures might pick up again in January, when Chelsea is more amenable to making deals than they usually are. They are keeping tabs on Rafael Leao, among other players, and the new scouting division will have its own list of players it wants to sign.
It may appear like a jumbled mess due to the large number of characters and the volume of dialogue, but at least it is Boehly’s jumbled mess.