The fees being quoted to Chelsea by selling clubs are outrageous. Various reports claim Everton want £100million for Romelu Lukaku, Napoli want £60million for Kalidou Koulibaly, Monaco want £50million for Timoue Bakayoko and Juventus just rejected £55million for Alex Sandro.
While all the players been linked to Chelsea have the qualities to improve our squad, it would be wrong for Chelsea to pay outrageous fees for our targets when we have a pool of young players ready to play for the first team.
Lewis Baker has impressed during his two-year loan spell at Dutch club Vitesse and he helped the Dutch side win the Dutch cup. The 22-year-old scored 15 goals in 37 appearances from the midfield and Chelsea currently need a player who can score goals from midfield. We haven’t had a player like that since Frank Lampard left Chelsea and Baker can offer us just that.
Harry Kane is one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League today but the England striker scored just two goals in the Championship while on loan at Leicester City as a 19-year-old. Tammy Abraham scored 23 goals in the Championship while on loan at Bristol City and Chelsea won’t give the 19-year-old striker a chance to shine for the first team. Chelsea still want to send him out on another loan instead of integrating him into the first team.
Various reports linked Chelsea with a £50million for 30-year-old Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci and reading such reports really break my heart. Chelsea have a Nathan Ake who is a technically gifted centre-back and Andreas Christensen, who is also a very intelligent ball-playing defender but we are still linked to a 30-year-old.
The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek are stalling due to lack of opportunities to shine for the first team. Loftus-Cheek is a player who can become world-class if given the chance to shine but it’s looking obvious he won’t get the chance while at Chelsea.
Many fans are sad Dominic Solanke left Chelsea for Liverpool and watching him help England U20 win the U20 World Cup hurts even more. The young striker was also the best player in the tournament. Solanke left Chelsea because he wasn’t going to get a chance to shine for our first team and it would hurt more if he becomes a world-class player in future.
Instead of paying outrageous sums to greedy clubs for transfer targets, Chelsea should look inwards and make good use of the young players we have at the club.