Fabrizio Romano Exclusive: Chelsea had opportunity to sign Donnarumma, updates on Matthijs de Ligt, Jules Kounde and more 


Chelsea had a wonderful switch market and have constructed a squad able to difficult on all fronts. They’re/had been linked to loads of prime names together with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde.

We check out Chelsea’s switch actions in the summertime and what their precedence signings could possibly be within the January switch window:


Chelsea explored the chance of signing Gianluigi Donnarumma as a free-agent

Italy Training Session
Italy Coaching Session

Gianluigi Donnarumma was probably the most necessary offers of final summer time. The high-level signing was accomplished by Paris Saint-Germain. PSG’s director Leonardo needed to make clear that the negotiations for the Italian shot-stopper didn’t begin many months earlier than however solely in Could. Leonardo mentioned:

“We didn’t method Donnarumma when he was nonetheless excited about negotiating with AC Milan, however solely later when the membership introduced that they might purchase Mike Maignan”.

Briefly, Leonardo needed to specify the equity of PSG in finishing this deal. Donnarumma as a free agent was a rare deal: for years among the many finest goalkeepers in Europe and the strongest in Italy, he was additionally on the Juventus record earlier than the deal collapsed.

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The rationale? Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s present director of soccer, had needed Donnarumma at Juventus for a while however then left the membership in the summertime. With the return of Massimiliano Allegri as supervisor of the Bianconeri, the choice was to offer most confidence to Polish GK Wojciech Szczesny and to not put money into Donnarumma.

There’s, nonetheless, an unprecedented “behind the scenes” element that we are able to reveal: Chelsea additionally had the chance to signal Gianluigi Donnarumma as a free agent.

Donnarumma was an concept that had been mentioned many instances by Chelsea in nice secrecy, but it surely by no means turned a sophisticated negotiation for one primary purpose: Donnarumma didn’t need to go to the Premier League after AC Milan, he most popular an expertise in one other league. That is why Chelsea had been by no means very near signing Donnarumma.

Manchester City v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Final
Manchester Metropolis v Chelsea FC – UEFA Champions League Closing

The reply was additionally adverse by the English membership. Chelsea are very happy with Edouard Mendy, a goalkeeper not solely preferred by Tuchel personally but in addition by Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech who needed to signal Mendy only a 12 months in the past, as a precedence for Chelsea’s aim.

Chelsea have chosen to consider in Mendy for the way forward for the membership, whereas Donnarumma was a possibility that was not pursued. Chelsea’s consideration to one of these free agent enterprise is all the time so much, however their belief in Mendy and the selection of Donnarumma prevented them from continuing for this risk.

Paris Saint-Germain stepped in to make the most of this chance. Nasser Al Khelaifi and Leonardo have glorious relations with agent Mino Raiola. Donnarumma had a verbal settlement with Paris earlier than the Euros which turned an official signed contract simply after Italy completed the group stage (who later turned European champions with Roberto Mancini).

After that, Donnarumma underwent medical examinations with PSG who satisfied him of a really clear plan: to start out this season in competitors with Keylor Navas, however to be thought of the goalkeeper of the longer term for Paris.

The wage won’t be €12 million assured web per 12 months, the mounted half is decrease however can attain that determine (sooner or later) solely in case of wins and achievement of some “bonuses” included within the contract.

Chelsea focussed on signing central defender; No official bids for Matthijs de Ligt

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North Macedonia v Netherlands – UEFA Euro 2020: Group C

Chelsea, then again, are considering of different roles as market priorities, equivalent to a central defender Thomas Tuchel has lengthy wanted.

Till now, Juventus haven’t acquired any method or proposal for Matthijs de Ligt from Chelsea whereas the identify of Jules Koundé stays on Chelsea’s record. Nevertheless, it’s vital to grasp that Chelsea might want to meet situations to fulfill Sevilla after the tense state of affairs within the closing weeks of August.

Definitely, the concept of shopping for a brand new central defender between January and the summer time stays a precedence for the Blues. Chelsea haven’t any regrets about lacking out on Donnarumma, however … PSG are having fun with the goalkeeper of the longer term.




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