CaughtOffside’s exclusive chat with Fabrizio Romano this week reveals that the transfer insider is expecting a “smart” transfer window from Chelsea in January.
What he means by that is something a little calmer than the mad three windows we’ve had in a row now, with players coming and going at record speed and at record cost. The whole squad has been overhauled now, and we should be able to pick our battles in the market a little more strategically now:
“I expect Chelsea to be smart – at the moment there is no news, after years of many stories about owners, directors, managers, players. This is the best way,” Romano said.
“A striker remains a priority, we’ve mentioned Victor Osimhen, Ivan Toney. Nothing has changed for Osimhen and I don’t see him moving in January … in the summer it could be different.
“With Toney the situation could be different – he wants to play for a top, top club and Chelsea are still interested. Let’s see if they will attack the situation but they haven’t opened negotiations yet.”
We wrote something similar just yesterday. After such a frantic 18 months, it feels like a more considered window is basically inevitable at this point. For one thing, the majority of the squad is now made up of players that the new owners have bought, largely on vast wages and for big money. Unless they’re willing to start selling them at a loss, the number of transactions just has to decrease.