Man U won’t even pay bargain £25m for Chelsea starter – how Blues should respond

Manchester United’s interest in signing Trevoh Chalobah started being reported yesterday, and already there are a few details about a potential move coming out.

Nick Purewal has taken over from Nizaar Kinsella as Chelsea man for the Evening Standard, and this morning he’s put out some more details about the Red Devils’ interest in the home grown Chelsea man. It’s not great news for the Blues. They’ve made it clear since last summer that they’re happy to sell Chalobah, but so far injury and circumstance have prevented that happening.

They want to raise as much money as possible, and Chalobah’s brilliant form since returning to the team should make that easy. But according to Purewal, Man U aren’t even going to meet the paltry £25m asking price we’ve put up.

The 24 year old is apparently in “high demand,” yet nobody seems ready to pay even that modest sum.

Another issue is the timing – Chelsea want to sell Chalobah before the June 30th accounting deadline which divides this season and next. But by the sounds of things United won’t be ready for that:

“United are expected to need to raise funds through sales before dipping fully into the summer market, and that could delay any move for Chalobah,” Purewal writes.

Trevoh Chalobah with Mauricio Pochettino at full time.

Timing is everything

It would be much better to hold off on selling Chalobah as long as possible to get the biggest possible sum, but that’s only an option if our FFP situation is better than some fear. The club have always insisted we’re on course to comply, so really we should be able to sit back and let a bidding war between these many interested teams get started.

However there’s also the pressure of getting our own transfers sorted to ensure our new manager has his group ready to work with soon.

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