“I was shocked when Chelsea bid was approved” – David Ornstein left shocked by transfer move
In a surprising turn of events, Chelsea has made a move for Manchester City attacker Cole Palmer, catching many in the football world off guard. This unexpected development was revealed by journalist David Ornstein on The Athletic Football Podcast.
Ornstein mentioned, “It caught us by surprise, but equally, I’m aware Chelsea had been looking at Palmer quite closely and studying his situation. I think the feeling was that he was not gettable because of the good pre-season and early season [form].”
Reports from various sources, including The Guardian, suggest that Chelsea is on the verge of finalizing a £45 million deal with Premier League rivals Manchester City for Palmer’s transfer.
At first glance, £45 million might seem like a hefty sum for Palmer, especially considering he has not yet amassed 20 Premier League appearances. However, Chelsea’s need for an attacking midfielder, particularly following the departures of Mason Mount and Kai Havertz earlier in the transfer window, is pressing.
The Blues have found themselves somewhat short in the No. 10 position, despite having Christopher Nkunku (currently injured) and the promising Carney Chukwuemeka (also sidelined). Palmer’s versatility to play not only in an attacking midfield role but also on the right wing provides Chelsea with flexibility and depth in their squad.
As this intriguing transfer unfolds, it will be fascinating to see how Cole Palmer fits into Chelsea’s setup and contributes to their ambitions in the upcoming season.