There surely is a sense of frustration among Chelsea supporters because of the club’s hesitance in signing new players. With only backup goalie Willy Cabalerro signed till date, this summer brings memories of two seasons ago when the club failed miserably to improve Jose’s title-winning side of 2014/15. The result was a disastrous season that saw us finish in 10th place and comically fail to defend our title. Internal strife, regression and mediocrity were the bandwagon of Chelsea 2015/16 season.
There is more to reflect and flashback to, but it seems the more the fans try to erase such painful memories, the harder the club makes it become. The prolonged transfers of Antonio Rudiger, Alex Sandro and Tiemoue Bakayoko are heartaches for the fans, but the big bang could just be reports revealing Manchester United’s £75m transfer fee agreed with Everton for Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian star striker is a Chelsea transfer target and will surely hurt Blues fans to see him join the Red devils.
Here are 3 Chelsea lapses that could make this happen:
THE HUGE TRANSFER FEE:
I’m quite sure the Chelsea hierarchy might be doubting if Lukaku is actually worth the Everton’s £100m valuation of him as first quoted. But the reality is until you try you might never get it done. I think Chelsea still harbour some doubt about the striker’s quality. However, for a player who had declared that he has unfinished business with Chelsea will surely do everything within his powers and even beyond to star for Chelsea.
THE COSTA CONUDRUM:
How can you possibly deal with an unwanted player especially when the whole world knows he is not wanted? That’s the dilemma Chelsea is faced with. They can’t command a huge transfer fee for him and with two years remaining in his contract, the club has to either sell or make peace with him with the hope he signs an extension. The issue does not look to be resolved any time soon, and this possibly is the reason for Chelsea delay in Lukaku’s deal.
Chelsea’s penchant for protracted hardball negotiation over transfers dates back to the cruel lost battle to sign Robinho only for Manchester City to gazump us to the Brazilian. It was an effort in futility. Now, the Lukaku deal is gradually getting beyond us due to our unwillingness to pay mega for his signing. Another Manchester club that looks United could be his destination.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!