It’s almost as if Manchester United are utilizing Chelsea’s scouting system than the Blues themselves as Chelsea ready themselves for another major blow this transfer window.
Shortly after being knocked off their perch to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton by Man United, the Premier League champions could yet lose out on another top target this summer, Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Frenchman has been linked to Chelsea the entire summer but according to the Daily Star, Jose Mourinho has tasked the United hierarchy to rival Chelsea for his signature and actually are on the verge of winning the battle.
That would be a massive hit to Chelsea following their failure in pursuing some of their targets. Alex Sandro and Leonardo Bonucci seem content with life in Italy, Virgil van Dijk has been tagged ‘not-for-sale’ while moves for Lukaku was seen as a desperate late surge.
Although the Blues matched Man United’s bid in the 11th hour, the former Anderlecht forward signed for the Red Devils in a potential world record deal.
He revealed afterwards, the moment ‘the world’s best team’ showed interest, there was no way he was going to turn them down.
When Manchester United came calling, I didn’t have to think twice. So I’m really delighted to hopefully be part of their history. Who would say no to the biggest club in the world? Best stadium in England, the best fans.
This is the perfect opportunity. I always said I wanted to play for a team that’s challenging for every trophy that there is.
Romelu Lukaku, Daily Star
Chelsea however successfully went through with the signing of AS Roma’s Antonio Rudiger, making his their first major signing of the transfer window after the rather quiet arrival of goalkeeper Willy Caballero.