This is a transfer we really didn’t expect. Set up by Pep Guardiola at the start of the season, Cole Palmer shone during this period, scoring against Arsenal in the Community Shield and against Sevilla in the European Supercup. The departure of Riyad Mahrez should have given him more space and importance in the Manchester City team, but this is not the case.
Guardiola warned that his lad aspires to do even better. He was unable to retain it as the winger flew to London on the last day of the transfer window to join Chelsea. “Palmer has signed a seven-year contract with the club with the option of a further year, and will join Mauricio Pochettino’s squad ahead of our Premier League game against Nottingham Forest (this Saturday, 4pm ET).”
Palmer, a €50m final transfer to Chelsea
The Blues are spending around €50m to sign the 21-year-old, who has only made 41 appearances in all competitions in the professional stages, most of them as a substitute. The bet is risky but Chelsea are convinced of the Englishman’s potential, capable of playing as a supporting attacker in the pivot but also on the flanks, especially on the right, as he is a left-handed player.
Mauricio Pochettino’s club make the final move during a transfer window that has already been explosive. This summer alone more than €400m has been spent, while €650m was put on the market during the previous two windows. With such a workforce, Chelsea’s new Argentinian coach will be expected to pick up where Tuchel, Potter and Lampard cut their teeth last year.