11 Years After Being Snubbed for Fernando Torres, Wrexham Star Ollie Palmer Set to Face $3.1 Billion Former Suitors in North Carolina

Published 05/30/2023, 8:52 AM EDT

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After putting a full stop to a remarkable National League season, Wrexham is set for Football League life. The club is in high spirits ahead of the new season. They’ll be looking to repeat the feat in the fourth division as well. However, before this, the Red Dragons will be playing an emphatic friendly against Chelsea.

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Fans are eagerly waiting for the fixture, as both sides will be facing each other after 40 years. Aside from the fans, the Reynolds men are also looking ahead to the fixture. Especially Wrexham star Ollie Palmer will be looking to meet their former suitors.

Ollie Palmer got snubbed for Fernando Torres

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If it wasn’t for fate, Ollie Palmer would have been at Chelsea today. Yes, Wrexham’s very own funny Palmer, who actually had a chance to play at Stamford Bridge. However, destiny had something else for him, as he is now playing for the Welsh club. This dates back to 2011, when Palmer was just 20.

The Blues were under the leadership of interim coach Roberto Di Matteo, who reportedly sent scouts to watch the striker. At that time, Palmer was playing for the non-league teams. The player himself revealed about the Blues’, “I had two calls to say Chelsea were watching me, which is exciting,” as stated by The Mirror and Sports Mole.

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However, Chelsea didn’t move forward with his signing and later signed Fernando Torres in the January 2011 transfer window. The Londoners bought the Spanish striker for £50 million, which unfortunately flopped as he failed to make an impact. Meanwhile, Palmer moved from Woking to Havant and went on to play for a number of National League clubs until he signed for Wrexham in 2022.

Either way, things would have been different today for Palmer if Chelsea had gone forward with his signing. Nevertheless, it seems Palmer is in good hands now, as he clinched significant success with Wrexham. He’ll be looking to make an impact for the Welsh side, especially during the fixture against Chelsea.

Wrexham set to face Chelsea

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Before they play their opening League Two match, Wrexham will need to play friendly matches in the United States. They are set to face Premier League powerhouse Chelsea. Earlier, they had also announced a friendly match against Manchester United. On the one hand, Wrexham managed to win promotion. On the other hand, Chelsea have ended their season in poor form.

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The fixture is scheduled for July 19, 2023. The match will be played at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While tickets are available for the matches, the telecasting details are yet to be revealed. Indeed, it’s going to be an exciting fixture, and fans are definitely in for a treat.

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Abhishek Mishra is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. Abhishek's love for soccer began during his childhood days when he spent most of his time playing and watching the sport. His early exposure to soccer earned him many accolades at district and zonal levels, making him a true sports enthusiast.
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