Marina Granovskaia looks set to take another step to rectify Chelsea’s infamous reputation as a club that hoards players.
The Blues’ loan network has evolved into a world-class program that offers emerging talent the opportunity to learn their craft under the guidance of technical coach Paulo Ferreira and his team.
Over the years, Roman Abramovich’s legion has provided the club with an annual financial safety net while providing opportunities for those who have caught the manager’s eye.
However, prior to the announcement of new draft loan regulations from July 2022 subject to Fifa Board approval, Chelsea’s network was hoarding players without offering a clear path to the first team.
In February 2020, Fifa announced its intention to limit the number of loan deals per season, both in and out of the club, to eight for the 2021/22 season – applying only to international loans in a first time – before it is then reduced to six. from 2022/23.
As a result, Chelsea have made a conscious effort to reduce the limits of their loan network and use the EFL as their primary route for emerging prospects.
However, despite the club’s best efforts to thin the books, the west Londoners have been left with several players who lack a unique selling point on the fringes of the first team.
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Chelsea’s latest transfer target seeks to address that issue while opening the doors to high-priority signings that may be of interest to Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues are interested in Anderlecht defender Sergio Gomez, according to TEAMtalk.
This season, Gomez has impressed under Vincent Kompany, contributing directly to 16 goals and assists from left-back in just 21 Jupiler Pro League games.
This summer, he joined Belgian side Borussia Dortmund and has flourished since converting from a central midfielder to a full-back, just like David Alaba was at the start of his career.
Gomez’s incredible versatility, technical ability and drive make him the perfect signing for Tuchel. With Chelsea looking to downsize their squad and arm themselves with the tools to win the Premier League title.
The Spain Under-21 international, valued at £8.1million by Transfermarkt, could be left-back, left-back or left-winger for the Blues.
Chelsea’s potential three-for-one deal could fix the futures of Marcos Alonso, Ross Barkley, Lewis Baker and Kenedy, securing a £33.8m windfall, according to Transfermarkt, while laying the foundations for the next generation at Stamford Bridge.
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