The many leads followed by Chelsea provoke criticism against Todd Boehly, the club’s new owner, targeted to carry out a transfer window without thinking in the style of the famous simulation game.
Desires that make you cringe a little. With the departure of Roman Abramovich and the arrival of Todd Boehly at Chelsea, some may have feared a decline in the ambitions of the London club. This is not the case at the start of the summer transfer window. The new American owner gives great leeway to Thomas Tuchel in order to fight for the title in the Premier League and the Champions League. But by dint of multiplying famous targets, Boehly finds himself under fire from critics, including those of Gary Neville. Guest of The Overlap podcast, the former defender regretted the choices of the new management of Chelsea.
“The American Todd Boehly, it looks like he wants to play Football Manager, dropped the English consultant in remarks taken up by the Daily Mail. He wanders a bit and at the club they now seem a little panicked.
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Boehly feels compelled to make a move
Third in the Premier League last season, Chelsea lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen during the offseason. With his two parties taken in Real Madrid and Barcelona, Thomas Tuchel went in search of defensive reinforcements.
After having already recruited Kalidou Koulibaly for nearly 40 million euros, the Londoners took a stop for Jules Koundé before offering 75 million to Leicester for Wesley Fofana.
While waiting for the conclusion of the file with the Foxes, the Blues are moving forward on other files, again with an impression of wandering if we are to believe Gary Neville. After unsuccessfully trying to steal Raphinha from Barça, Chelsea are trying to interfere in the Frenkie de Jong file due to the length of negotiations between the Catalans and Manchester United. A bit as if the new management had to sign a coup los du mercato. Ditto for Marc Cucurella, track by City.
“We wonder if he comes to get Frenkie de Jong because he feels like he has to do something, revealed Gary Neville again. […] He wouldn’t have had that pressure if he had kept the people who were there and let them manage for a year or two.”
“We hear the name of Boehly too much”
Despite nearly 100 million euros invested this summer for three players (Sterling, Koulibaly and Slonina), Chelsea does not seem to be finished. Despite Garry Neville’s doubts about him, Todd Boehly wants to stay in control and impose his mark on his club. And that’s probably what really bothers the ex-Manchester United defender.
“Let’s be clear, first they react to what is available and what other clubs are doing, finally launched Gary Neville. Secondly we hear the name of Todd Boehly too much, it takes up too much space. Look at what they are doing At Manchester City, Txiki Begiristain is the sporting director.”
After having invested more than 2.5 billion euros to buy Chelsea, the American may want to have fun by recruiting renowned players or simply the stars he dreams of affording. A bit like a fan who takes the dreams of his club to heart in a video game.