Graham Potter will have to get used to it. When the time comes for the transfer window, the journalists who follow Chelsea multiply the questions concerning recruitment. Yesterday, the Blues coach was again asked at a press conference about the players he might like. But as often, he kicked into touch. “It’s a good question but the problem is that if I answer it and am specific in that answer, a lot of players will be linked to Chelsea. So I have to dodge it and I hope you understand why I dodge it. I always answer this part of the question by saying that I am the head coach and that my responsibility lies with the players who are here..
Chelsea wants to hit hard
Then he added: “We will try at each window to improve, but in January it’s complicated because it’s the middle of the season. In the meantime, we have to deal with all the noise about Chelsea with everyone and I don’t intend to comment on a player who is not at Chelsea. As always, and it’s a boring answer, but my job is to help the players who are here and to support the club in the decisions made to improve. But let Potter be reassured, his management should get their hands on the wallet again this winter.
Like last summer, when the club had spent 284 million euros to strengthen itself with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling or Marc Cucurella, residents of Stamford Bridge will break the bank. In any case, this is what ensures The Sun this Thursday. The British publication reveals that Todd Boelhy and his teams intend to hit very hard, in order to allow their team to move up the Premier League table. As a reminder, Chelsea are currently tenth with 25 points on the clock, ten less than Newcastle and MU (third tied).
More than €500m spent on two transfer markets?
Recruiting players this winter is therefore imperative to attempt a good comeback and ensure a vital qualification in the Champions League next year. The Sun indicates that the Londoners want 4 players, in addition to David Datro Fofana. There is of course Enzo Fernandez, whom Benfica is struggling to let go. For him, it will be necessary to pay at least 120 M€, the amount of his release clause. But the English and Portuguese media are talking about a €127m offer from Chelsea, which has not yet settled this file and which could include players to lower the price. The English also intend to get their hands on Mykhaylo Mudryk.
Arsenal’s priority, the Shakhtar Donetsk player also appeals to Chelsea. For him, it will be necessary to invest nearly 100 M€ (99.7 M€). To strengthen its defense, the English club has just recruited Benoît Badiashile. As explained on our site, approximately nearly €40 million were needed to dislodge him. For João Félix, whom Atlético de Madrid is willing to give up on a paid loan, it will be necessary to invest 11 M€ according to The Sun. The Athletic rather speaks of 21 M€. Including the transfer of David Datro Fofana this winter for €12m, Chelsea could pay a total of €300m. If all the files go to the end, that would be €584 million in two transfer windows (summer 2022 and winter 2023) for Todd Boehly.