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How Chelsea’s transfer plan has already evolved after Michael Olise decision

As they continue to get ready for the summer transfer window, Chelsea has made a significant choice that might just disclose Todd Boehly’s education

How Chelsea's transfer plan has already evolved after Michael Olise decision

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (Image: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Chelsea supporters have likely experienced déjà vu over the past several weeks as the team has made another drive to recruit Michael Olise, a winger for Crystal Palace.

The first manager to activate Olise’s release clause was Mauricio Pochettino, who appeared to have his man until Olise made a complete 180-degree turn and chose to stay at Selhurst Park longer. The Blues were dealt a setback as they sought to bolster their offensive line, and they would have been even more incensed after witnessing Olise excel in the Premier League.

Olise had a difficult season due to injuries, but he still finished with ten goals and six assists in 19 games, which kept Chelsea interested in him. Owner Todd Boehly encouraged the team to re-inquire about the forward when Pochettino left and Enzo Maresca was brought in as his replacement, but it seems like they’ve learned their lesson.

Boehly is notorious for blowing ridiculous sums of money since moving to Stamford Bridge. However, Olise decided to join Bayern Munich on Friday night, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic, while Chelsea withdrew from the deal competition.

Given that Olise and his former club Reading are owed a portion of the transfer price, it is thought the Blues were leery of the deal’s cost. Instead, Chelsea is concentrating on a few inexpensive forward acquisitions while also hoping to reward current players—possibly with first-team minutes.

This Chelsea boardroom decision demonstrates how the club is now changing its transfer strategy to one that is more viable for the long run. Boehly may have brazenly claimed to have discovered a way around Financial Fair Play (FFP) by offering extraordinarily long contracts to help spread expenses, but in actuality, this isn’t something you can do for each new participant.

Instead, Chelsea must exercise greater restraint in their spending, and given the abundance of talent now occupying the center-forward position, it is ultimately far more urgent for them to address that need than winger. Providing such guys with opportunities will create a far better atmosphere than just throwing money at the issue until something works.

The moment has come to trust people who are already on the books to complete the task for which they were hired.

 

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