Chelsea have scouted and admired two Serie A stars for a while, but now reportedly face a proper transfer tussle to sign Victor Osimhen and Rafael Leao.
With the Blues clearly losing even more ground on Premier League pack leaders – especially Manchester City, evidently Arsenal and, surprisingly Manchester United – the January transfer window actually becomes quite vital. If you gauge 2023/24 Champions League qualification benefits, status, revenue, the ability to attract the foremost footballers, spending in the New Year is necessary.
Todd Boehly isn’t afraid to spend. Hopefully that overused truism comes to fruition in more spectacular ways than summer 2022 expenditure. To be honest, I was previously excited about Raheem Sterling. He isn’t a bad signing but will only ever consistently perform in a performing team with elite players surrounding him. The former Man City man doesn’t have that quite yet.
Marc Cucurella was another who could still become good – playing him in the correct position would help! Wesley Fofana should eventually blossom into a France international and CFC mainstay.
So, if not Jan’, suitable recruitment is essential when the current season ends. Two Chels’ targets are Victor Osimhen and Rafael Leao. The Pride of London have previously endorsed both signings for the west Londoners. They have been respectively scouted.
In particular, I am a huge fan of Leao and consider him ideal for the left-side of Graham Potter’s XI. However, capturing either will be difficult as reports suggest Real Madrid are also interested. Carlo Ancelotti is said to have requested for both athletes to join los Blancos.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea thoughts
Newcastle are on the rise, have invested wisely and have a happy fanbase, contrary to feelings and the contemporary situation at Stamford Bridge. However, there are similarities: the Magpies also appointed a gentler, astute manager.
These contrasts mean for a captivating contest at St. James’ Park. Yet this is a fixture that Potter will be as wary about, just like he was with Arsenal. Soon Newcastle will be a top four team, subsequently they’ll be Premier League champions, at some stage. It’s inevitable.
Therefore Todd Boehly’s mission on Fulham Road is even more difficult than some imagined. Competition is fierce, as well as funding being seemingly endless at certain clubs. With regards to the here and now, defeat appears likely for Chels’ up north – though I am always open to a pleasant surprise from the Blues.
Don’t shoot the messenger, but I suspect a 2-0 victory for Eddie Howe’s well-organised and increasingly attractive side. Potter will do well at Chelsea, given time, although there are going to be some tough matches to suffer through whilst the process develops.