Chelsea fans are getting a little – OK, maybe very – restless. Manchester City have signed Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips; Liverpool added Darwin Nunez to their ranks; Tottenham signed Yves Bissouma and Ivan Perisic; and Arsenal are linked with everyone under the sun, in addition to their incoming moves so far. Meanwhile, the Blues sit idly by Manchester United with no additions as July approaches.
Make no mistake, the hierarchy at Chelsea has been extremely busy since the start of the calendar month. There is no excuse for the Red Devils, but the Blues had to deal with undoing the bad things done by the sanctions and completing a takeover. Todd Boehly has taken off as an owner. He moved on to new roles, fixed subscription issues, cleaned up the board, and discharged Romelu Lukaku within weeks. Now is the time for Chelsea to become active buyers in the transfer market with all distractions out of the way.
Chelsea and new owner Todd Boehly are serious about the transfer market
Boehly took over as president and manager from Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia respectively, at least on a temporary basis. This news has drawn a mixed reaction among fans, as some believe he puts too much on his plate during his first trip to the buffet. However, the American fooled everyone. Although this is his first time dining at the European restaurant, he frequents buffet business in the United States with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Boehly has done everything right so far and it’s encouraging to see how he’s approaching the issues as an owner, especially the transfer market.
Even though the Clearlake regime has only been in power in Chelsea for a month, its leader has given fans a taste of what life will be like under the American group in the future. Boehly is much more active than traditional football owners. We think he will spend the summer basically live lavishly on his airliner as he travels across Europe to and from meetings. The 48-year-old has spent countless hours over the past few weeks calling agents, clubs and other key sporting personnel, posing as the Blues’ new chief negotiator.
Chelsea have been linked with a handful of superstars – most shockingly, Cristiano Ronaldo– and it looks like his transfer strategy has changed. Between Matthijs de Ligt, Raheem Sterling and Ronaldo, the Blues are looking to make smart investments in entry-level players who have experience as leaders in the past. There seems to be no more overspending on the hottest new toy on transfer market shelves, a player who didn’t fit the manager’s system at the time.
Chelsea have a world-class head coach in the person of Thomas Tuchel and it’s time the old cut and change methods were abandoned. The owners and manager are fully invested and committed to each other for the first time in decades in West London. If these two sides continue on the same path, it could be the start of something really special in SW6.
The truth is that many Blues fans were skeptical when they first heard that an American was the preferred bidder for their club. Change is a daunting thing and uncertainty always comes with fear. Boehly has already shown that it is cut from a different fabric. It was not easy for Chelsea fans to say goodbye to former owner Roman Abramovich. Boehly makes the breakup much more bearable while he’s on. The Blues are yet to make any additions, but never fear, Boehly is serious. The club is in good hands.
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