December 3, 2023

If Pochettino approves the summer deal, Chelsea could repeat £58m blunder.

If Pochettino approves the summer deal, Chelsea could repeat £58m blunder.

If Pochettino approves the summer deal, Chelsea could repeat £58m blunder.

In the summer of 2020, Chelsea authorized a transfer that significantly polarized the club’s fan base. The Blues agreed to loan academy graduate Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan, with a £30 million (£25 million plus add-ons) clause to make the move permanent in the future.

A graduate from Cobham, brimming with potential and promise, was permitted to leave for a fee that, in today’s inflated transfer market, can be considered relatively modest. Tomori was in and out of the team the previous season, making 22 appearances in all competitions, under Frank Lampard, where he made his breakthrough after an impressive loan stint at Derby County.

The rise of the now 25-year-old at Milan has highlighted Chelsea’s error in judgment to a wider audience, and the same could be said of Tammy Abraham. Similarly, the former Chelsea academy graduate was granted a permanent transfer to Italy, where he has flourished for AS Roma over the past two seasons.

Abraham was sold for £34 million, which was reasonable for a player with so much potential. The 25-year-old England international has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League and even to the club where it all began, Chelsea, due to his impressive form and performances under Jose Mourinho.

Now, two and three years after Abraham and Tomori left England for Italy, respectively, Chelsea are at risk of repeating errors made under previous ownership. AC Milan is interested in signing Carney Chukwuemeka from Chelsea during the summer transfer window, according to football.london, and the Blues are willing to let the midfielder leave on loan.

However, it has been reported in Italy that Milan would like to include a clause in the loan agreement that would allow them to make the transaction permanent in the future. Despite this, a source told football.london that Chelsea would not be willing to include such a clause in a loan deal because they still regard Chukwuemeka as a player with a potentially enormous future.

At this point, it does not appear that such errors will be repeated, but Chukwuemeka needs to discuss his future with a club executive this summer, regardless of whether he departs on loan or not. In a meeting similar to the one conducted before Levi Colwill left on loan last summer, Chelsea reportedly told the defender how valuable he is to the club and how he will figure prominently in their long-term plans.

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In the past, incoming head coach Mauricio Pochettino has performed miracles with players in comparable positions to Chukwuemeka. Observe a certain Dele Alli at Tottenham, for example, and everyone involved will hope that Chukwuemeka can produce comparable results in the coming years.

If Pochettino approves the summer deal, Chelsea could repeat £58m blunder.

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