Chelsea FC manager Graham Potter shows his emotions on October 22, 2022, at Stamford Bridge, during his team’s Premier League match against Manchester United.
With rumors of a £176 million January takeover by Chelsea, Potter decides to make a massive transfer to Roanldo.
According to rumours, Graham Potter has opted not to pursue a transfer for Cristiano Ronaldo during the upcoming January transfer window. After the 37-year-old refused to enter the game against Tottenham Hotspur as a substitute for Manchester United, he was once again extensively linked with a move to Chelsea.
As a result, the striker’s future at Old Trafford is in serious jeopardy after Erik ten Hag opted to leave him off the roster for Saturday’s match against the Blues. CBS Sports reports that despite Ronaldo’s high profile and the west London club’s reputation, Potter has a number of other players he’d prefer sign.
The article names former Arsenal target Jonathan David as one of them. With his contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy set to end in 2025, the Lille striker has made 12 appearances for Paulo Fonseca’s team in Ligue 1 this season, assisting on all 12 of their goals.
Mikel Arteta was interested in him at one point, but the Gunners instead signed Gabriel Jesus. It may be challenging to dissuade the Canada international from a move to the Emirates Stadium if the north Londoners decide to renew their interest in David and compete with Chelsea for his services.
Of the conclusion of last year, Edu, the technical director at Arsenal, spoke with David’s representative. At the peak of the Gunners’ interest, Lille reportedly asked for between €45 million and €55 million (£38 million and £46 million), as reported by Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg.
There are rumors that Chelsea is also interested in signing Rafael Leao, a Brazilian attacker. There were many rumors that the AC Milan player would be joining Chelsea this summer, but no transfer occurred.
Even though the 23-year-old is currently in contract negotiations with the Rossoneri, the Blues are reportedly keeping a close eye on his status. Leao’s current contract with the Italian giants will expire in 2024, but he reportedly has a release clause in the amount of €150 million (£130.5 million).
Although Milan has increased their efforts to keep the Portuguese star, a number of European powerhouses are still interested in signing him. Chelsea has competition for Leao from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool, according to the Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, as reported by Milan News.
Overall, it appears that Boehly will fight tooth and nail during the upcoming transfer window to secure Potter a new striker. Nonetheless, if the American billionaire is unable to sign one of the 47-year-preferred old’s players, then Ronaldo may end up being Chelsea’s last remaining alternative.