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“Answer is Just Money” – Ditched Liverpool For Struggling Chelsea, Premier League Duo Blasted For Transfer Decision

Published 08/25/2023, 7:20 AM EDT

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Chelsea yet again has a bloated squad of more than 30 players. The Londoners irked fans and pundits alike with their transfer strategy. The club has spent more than $1 billion in transfers over the last two windows alone. Since Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival last season, the Blues have focused on signing younger talent, a preference shared by both Todd Boehly and Poch, with players ditching rivals like Liverpool to join the camp in North London.

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The new management style or the Todd Boehly way of spending hasn’t attracted many fans. The Chelsea owner has faced backlash after spending big on some of the most elite youngsters in the soccer landscape, tying them down on long contracts. A few pundits have been critical of his transfers since day one, and the recent moves have only fueled their frustration further.

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Chelsea has broken the British record transfer fee yet again. Enzo Fernandez signed an 8-year deal with Chelsea in the winter transfer window for $134 million. The deal was then the highest fee ever paid by a British club for a player but Chelsea weren’t done yet. In this transfer window, they have broken the record yet again. Moises Caicedo was signed by Chelsea for a staggering $144 million from Brighton, breaking the record once again. The Blues also snatched Romeo Lavia under Liverpool’s nose in a deal that could pay Southampton in excess of $72 million, making him the second player to ditch Liverpool in the same transfer window.

Emmanuel Petit had some strong words for Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia. The ex-French international said, “Caicedo signed for Chelsea while he was linked with Liverpool, as did Lavia. I won’t say anything stupid but we all know why they went to Chelsea. Sportingly, the best decision right now would be to go to Liverpool.”


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The Scousers tried to sign Caicedo by putting in an unexpected bid of $139 million. Brighton agreed to the transfer fee but Caicedo turned down the move out of respect for Chelsea, who had been negotiating with Caicedo’s camp for more than 3 months.


Petit added further, “For me, the answer is very simple. If you ask anyone why Caicedo and Lavia decided to go to Chelsea, the answer is just money. Money speaks for the clubs and for the players.” Todd Boehly’s transfers have been in accordance with FFP rules and there is no evidence of any foul play.

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The deals are just a magnificent way to get players signed on to long contracts dividing the fees over a longer period of time. And so, there’s a lot more to Lavia’s story, let’s get into it.

A timeline of Romeo Lavia’s move

Romeo Lavia ditched Liverpool even though the Reds were his first choice. Southampton were very clear that they wanted to sell Lavia for a fee in excess of $62 million. Liverpool was the first team to make contact with the players’ camp as well as the Southampton board. They tried to play hardball and constantly had their bids rejected as they didn’t match Southampton’s valuation of the player. Liverpool then unexpectedly bid $139 million for Caicedo. This only disappointed Lavia and his camp as they thought the Reds had moved on to sign a different defensive midfielder.


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Liverpool missed out on one big thing – the personal terms. Having a player agree on personal terms is the most important aspect a team needs to cover before going into any bidding war. Moises Caicedo had been in talks with Chelsea for over 3 months. Chelsea had him agree on personal terms and promised him there would be a bid. The player then rejected Liverpool’s move. Romeo Lavia might have felt disappointed seeing Liverpool move to a different player. This only came to hurt Liverpool when Chelsea offered Southampton the deal they were looking for.

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Romeo Lavia then joined Chelsea from Southampton. Liverpool were left ditched by two players and had themselves to blame for how things unfolded. The constant change of sporting directors at Liverpool and the method of negotiation can be blamed for the mishappenings at Liverpool. The Reds recently signed Wataru Endo from Vfb Stuttgart and called him the replacement for James Milner.

Liverpool needs to strengthen their midfield and backline, they are also left without the experience of Henderson and Fabinho. The summer transfer window deadline closes on 1st September and the Reds are yet to make any impact. Who do you think should Chelsea sell to minimize their squad? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Neil Banerjee


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Neil Banerjee, an adept soccer writer at EssentiallySports, embodies an unwavering passion for Chelsea Football Club, a team he has fervently supported since his childhood. With an innate ability to remain current on the latest developments in the soccer sphere, Neil possesses a distinct advantage in understanding the nuances of the sport. His profound appreciation for the tactical and analytical facets of the game underscore his belief that the true beauty of soccer lies within its intricacies of strategy.
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Jayant Chhabra