Romano’s update on €80m winger makes Chelsea’s position in the race very clear

Fabrizio Romano has been waiting patiently all season, and finally we’re getting into his time of year. He’s just dropped an exclusive for Caught Offside full of information about one of the hottest talents on the market this summer – Xavi SImons.

The young midfielder has some big decisions to make this summer after an explosive breakout year with RB Leipzig. Owned by Paris Saint Germain, it may well be that returning to the mothership is the next logical move for him.

Romano certainly doesn’t have much to offer Chelsea fans hoping they will make a splash and try to persuade yet another one of Europe’s best and brightest to come to Stamford Bridge.

“Despite links with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain will decide on Xavi Simons’ future at the end of the season, conversations will take place in the next weeks,” Romano wrote in his column of the €80m valued star.

“Nothing is concrete at this stage, I’m told; Leipzig told PSG that they’d love to keep Xavi on loan for one more year, but it’s up to PSG now and I’m told the player will also be involved in the decision.”

A plethora of wide options

Chelsea invested heavily recently in Mykhailo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling and Noni Madueke, plus they have players like Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku capable of playing wide. It’s really hard to see them investing in another premium price option unless they sell one of those players, and it’s really hard to see them getting an acceptable offer for any of those players.

Any dreams of signing a new winger – especially one of Simons’ calibre – just feels fanciful right now. There’s very little, if anything, we can offer him right now that would tempt him. He’s got two great options on the table – staying with Leipzig to develop or going to the next step with PSG.

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