‘We may announce a deal soon’ – Chelsea legend explains reason for Chelsea’s slow transfer business

Todd Boehly
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It hasn’t been an easy summer transfer window for Chelsea, but the Blues are getting there little by little.

Manchester City and Liverpool seem to have been done or almost done with their summer transfer plans, while Chelsea are still working on new targets.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin, has explained that the difficulties experienced this summer started from the sanctions placed on the club.

Nevin went on to say that some deals will be announced soon, but the club has had to go through a lot this summer.

Pat Nevin wrote in his column for the official club website: “Clearly with Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr, we can put out a decent back line, but at least one more centre-back of the highest quality for that back three is required if we are going to be safe from the ravages of the season. We might announce one at any moment, that is just the way the business is right now.

“People may say it seems a bit late in the day to be sorting this, but in reality there is often nothing you can do about that. Some clubs got their business done early such as Man City and Liverpool, but it was harder for the Blues with all that happened in the second half of last season. Even so, there were targets chosen in good time, but as usual the players, the clubs and the agents are not against a little brinkmanship to push up values costs.

“That has affected not just the Blues but quite a number of other teams this summer. There are a lot of clubs in the market to splash the cash, just look at how keen the likes of Man Utd, Everton and Newcastle are to add numbers. As such, some players and sellers are taking their time to decide. It is hard to blame them, even though it is infuriating when you lose one or two you thought you had.

“The transfer window is open for another month yet, even if it feels like the ‘ins and outs’ should be sorted by this weekend. Sadly, as I say, that is the way the market is working just now and it is vital to understand that it is worth waiting to get the player you really want rather than the one you can get two or three weeks earlier.

“What anyone else does is secondary, it is about getting your own squad sorted and ensuring the quality and the quantity is right. It has been noticeable that when you look at the players acquired and released by clubs in the Premier League this season, there seems to be a decent amount of clearing out being done. Although you must have enough players for all the competitions, the quality is the key to success at this level.”