Chelsea risk seventh transfer error in 16 years with £50m decision
Chelsea face some big decisions this summer ahead of the transfer window.
It’s no secret that Chelsea will need to cut their squad quite a bit in the summer transfer window, but Todd Boehly need only look to Roman Abramovich’s reign to help avoid a potentially catastrophic mistake in the market. With Mykhaylo Mudryk, Noni Madueke and David Datro Fofana permanently joining the January window, Graham Potter now has around 10 first-team attacking options to choose from for just three positions.
It created a difficult situation for Potter to try to keep everyone happy while finding the right formula to get the club back on track. The sheer amount of change in Chelsea’s squad over the past 12 months has clearly derailed things on the field, with the Blues facing an uphill battle to secure European football next season.
Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz and João Felix seem to be Potter’s three favorites at the moment and have started to form a good partnership in recent weeks. That means Mason Mount, who is currently injured, has been left on the bench for two of Chelsea’s last four games.
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This has led to further speculation about Mount’s future at Stamford Bridge, who has just over a year left on his current contract. There are now some suggestions that Chelsea could let Mount go if a £50m bid comes along for the versatile striker this summer.
But the Blues will certainly be wary of letting one of their key players leave, particularly to a Premier League rival. Over the years, there have been a number of Chelsea sales that the club has come to regret.
Arjen Robben was an instant hit following his move from PSV in 2004, but Blues fans were left disappointed after he was allowed to leave for Real Madrid three years later. But it was with Bayern Munich that Robben really established himself as one of the best players in world football, winning eight Bundesliga titles and numerous individual awards.
Arguably the most expensive was the sale of Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool in January 2013, which helped the Reds finish above Chelsea the following season with 24 goals in all competitions. Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne’s development into world-class talent since leaving Chelsea in 2012 and 2016 respectively has also been well documented.
And there are also recent examples of young stars leaving Chelsea for better things, with Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori rising to prominence in Serie A. Mount is still considered one of England’s best talents and has already shown he can be the top man. for Chelsea when reliable.
But the Blues seem willing to listen to offers for the 24-year-old and could bite them in the back, like previous sales.