Fans are getting stressed about a lack of transfer activity from Chelsea, but that’s just the nature of the game these days.
The internet is full of “insiders” and “transfer gurus” talking up the chances of a deal at every moment, taking you through every detail – real or imagined – of every deal, making you feel like you’re just a day or two away from seeing that player with a big grin, holding up a Blue shirt.
In reality, these deals take a long time, and have many moving parts. There’s a buying club, a selling club, a player with sporting interests, and an agent (or multiple) with vested financial interests.
That’s before you get to fans, families and the rest.
So we should always try and be patient on these things and understand that the bigger the deal, the more money is at stake. Like a bet at a Spinsify casino, you want to make sure you know what you’re betting on before you place your stake.
The ongoing slow motion car crash of the Romelu Lukaku deal should be a reminder for all Chelsea fans that due diligence is vital. You don’t have to go many windows back to find a similar situation with Kepa Arrizabalaga – a blunder we’re still living with and paying for to this day.
So patience and calm should be paramount at the top levels of the club, as well as in the fanbase. Big splashy signings rarely work out – just look at the list of the biggest transfers in history, how many of them have worked out? Desperately few.
Of the Chelsea efforts, the list is topped by Lukaku, Kepa, Alvaro Morata, Christian Pulisic.
Kai Havertz is the closest thing in the top 5 to a success, and while we’re a huge fan on his game, you’d struggle to say that he’s been worth the €72m we paid Bayer Leverkusen two summers ago.
So let’s all take a deep breath and hope that this slow motion window is because the club are really doing their part in making sure every signing that comes in is the right one, at the right price.
That would be a huge improvement on our current, scattergun policy. We have faith that serious work is being done right now behind the scenes on deals for defenders, midfielders and attackers. Todd Boehly wants to make a splash – let’s give him a chance to pull it off.
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