Pundit digs at Todd Boehly after three Chelsea deals collapse
Noel Whelan has suggested Chelsea and new owner Todd Boehly have moved too slowly in the transfer market after losing out on three top targets.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Blues need two more centre-back options before the Premier League season starts on 6 August.
Boehly completed the takeover of Chelsea in May and quickly appointed himself the chairman and sporting director of the club following the departures of Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia in June.
Since then, the Blues have seen high-profile deals for Nathan Ake, Raphinha, and Jules Kounde collapse – with the latter two stars opting to join Barcelona.
Chelsea have signed Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling this summer, but Thomas Tuchel has warned that his team may not be ready for the start of the season.
Speaking to Sky Sports (24 July), he slammed some of his players for their “lack of mental commitment” as they look for moves elsewhere.
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Whelan hinted Chelsea have “opened the door” to teams like Barcelona after moving slowly in the market.
He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think when you’re battling against giants like Barcelona, you’re going to come out on the wrong side of it.
“They’ve got one defender in, but they need three. Right now, they’re really pushed for time.
“It’s a crucial time and this work has not been done quick enough by this new team.
“They’re slow to identify the players, and they’re slow to get these deals over the line.
“When you take your time on a deal, it opens the door for teams like Barcelona to come in and tempt the player away.”