Chelsea transfer impatience with Boehly already grating as fans continue to cry over spilled milk

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Chelsea takeover is finalised Credit: PA Images
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Todd Boehly has been at Chelsea for nearly three whole weeks and is yet to make a signing. What’s the f***ing hold up?

We’re barely a week into a 13-week window and people are already very cross about transfer inactivity. Gary Neville is pleading with Manchester United to get Erik ten Hag’s “group together asap”, Piers Morgan wanted Arsenal to ‘get the bloody cheque-book out’ hours before they announced the £34m signing of Fabio Vieira, then claimed they needed God not Jesus, and social media is awash with frustrated Chelsea fans, desperate for some Todd Boehly intent to ease their concerns in this post-Roman Abramovich era. Everyone needs to calm down.

Boehly has officially been the owner of Chelsea for 18 days, before which Marina Granovskaia, Petr Cech and anyone else involved in transfers at Stamford Bridge were banned from negotiating contracts and opening talks with players and their representatives.

Whether they followed those guidelines to the letter is another matter, but even if they were holding informal discussions over potential future signings, they will have had no clear idea as to how much money they had to play with, whether the plan was to cut the wage bill, and which areas of Thomas Tuchel’s squad they would be able to improve under the new ownership during that time.

Transfers can sometimes appear to come from nowhere – Liverpool are particularly good at seemingly tying up deals in double-quick time. But in reality most of those ‘shock’ transfers will have taken significantly longer than we’ve been aware. The ‘genius’ of them is more in the lack of media leakage than their perceived speed.

Take Gabriel Jesus, for example. It would be fair to say Chelsea are a more alluring prospect than Arsenal. But reports suggest the Gunners have been working on persuading Jesus for the last six months, with their failure to qualify for the Champions League no more than a cause for some late jitters. Assuming Chelsea were genuinely interested in the Brazilian, they’ve had under three weeks of schmoozing time, during which they will have been working on a transfer strategy that their rivals, Manchester United apart, have been ironing out since January.

If Chelsea are to miss out on targets, or have already, through failing to compete with transfer rivals, no-one is to blame but Roman Abramovich. And those same fans sobbing angrily on Twitter at the club’s lack of movement are exactly the same people who would never dream of condemning ‘the greatest owner ever’.

Because that’s what this is really about. Not just those people, who will continue to cry over spilled milk, but all Chelsea fans want some indication that everything’s going to be alright under Boehly.

The £200m he’s set to hand Tuchel suggests things won’t be all that different, but he has already warned that the club will not buy players “at any price” and is also ‘not convinced’ by accepting a huge loss on their latest and perhaps biggest transfer mistake.

Both of those thoughts are entirely reasonable and his desire for Chelsea to be a self-sustaining club and follow the Liverpool model is admirable. He’s making all the right noises and has given the club the wherewithal to make the right moves, having given a Chelsea manager the final say on transfers for the first time in nearly two decades.

The defence is clearly the priority for Tuchel, with various Inter Milan centre-backs linked either as part of a Romelu Lukaku deal or as separate entities, while a year-long wait for Jules Kounde could soon be over, though Barcelona may have thrown a spanner in those works.

The possible free transfer of Ousmane Dembele will alleviate concerns over what may be a tight budget considering the ground they need to make up on Manchester City and Liverpool, and it’s worth remembering Chelsea competed with those now seemingly impassable juggernauts for the first half of last season.

It’s all a bit doom and gloom among the fanbase, with the departure of Antonio Rudiger adding significantly to that glum outlook. But Chelsea have got some very good players, many of whom have reached nowhere near their potential at the club and still could. They’ve got a very good manager, who has proven he can tactically match the best in the Premier League. And they appear to have a very good owner, or at least Boehly has done nothing to suggest otherwise.

We’re of course yet to see whether he’s as good as his word, and the proof will be in a £200m pudding. But knickers should remain untwisted until the transfer window is over, or at least until the season starts, at which point concerns are allowed to be real.

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