Chelsea’s summer transfer window has been a topsy-turvy affair, to say the least. Following the arrival of new owner Todd Boehly and his fresh funds, much activity was foreseen in the offices of Stamford Bridge.
But the Blues began the window in a rather stale fashion as a number of their targets were spectacularly hijacked by Barcelona thanks to the Catalans’ newly activated economic levers.
After missing out on the likes of Raphinha, Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembele, Chelsea gained back some ground by securing deals for Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella.
Apart from these primary targets, the London side also made a few smart moves for promising youngsters such as Carney Chukwuemeka and Cesare Casadei to bolster the midfield and American goalkeeping prodigy Gabriel Slonina.
This parallel strategy alongside the big-money deals is certainly one needed for Chelsea’s long-term success as the club currently possesses a bit of an ageing squad.
With over 13 players in the first team squad above the age of 28, perhaps the London side will be on the look for more promising talents in the market.
But that line of thought remains the only way to justify Chelsea’s rumoured £60m bid for Everton‘s 21-year-old Anthony Gordon as the outrageous amount in question cannot be explained in any other way.
In the player’s defence, Gordon is surely a talented winger and has been a crucial part of Everton’s team for the last two years. But to offer that much money for someone who has managed to register just 4 goals and 3 assists (in the top flight) across three seasons is simply baffling.
Following the revelation of this appalling attempt, the footballing community has taken to Twitter to express what they thought about Chelsea’s bid for Gordon.
Financial Dumb Play
It only makes sense to employ an FDP to prevent such uneven valuations between the transfer fee and the player in question.
Effects of an Inflated Market
Neymar’s move to PSG will forever go down as the transfer that ruined the market and its effects still continue to cripple clubs in Europe, as in this case as well.
Taking ‘all-inclusive’ to a different level
This is the only way the deal can be worth £60m.
The English Tax
Gordon’s English nationality naturally ensures that he is worth much more than if he was from Italy.
What’s next, £250m for Saka?
If this trend continues then soon more clubs will be overspending on talented English youngsters such as Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham.
No hope for Hudson-Odoi and Ziyech
Both players have offered Chelsea better-attacking output and are available for selection but with no green light from Tuchel, they will probably remain fringe players.
Clearly, the news has not impressed football fans across Europe who are still trying to wrap their brains around this one.
From Gordon’s point of view, a move to Chelsea would be a huge step up in his career and one that would also improve his chances of getting into the England squad.
But for Chelsea, it simply does not make sense to spend that money on the player when there are other pressing positions needing their attention such as the empty striker slot in the squad.
After an embarrassing loss to Leeds United, if Chelsea goes on to complete a £60m deal for Gordon then surely Todd Boehly and co will soon be under great pressure from the Stamford Bridge faithful.