REPORT: Chelsea ‘Stepping Up Their Interest’ To Secure £65M Summer Transfer Ahead Of 3 PL Rivals

REPORT: Chelsea ‘Stepping Up Their Interest’ To Secure £65M Summer Transfer Ahead Of 3 PL Rivals

Chelsea have held talks with the representatives of Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Georgiy Sudakov, according to the Daily Mail.

The English tabloid claims that the Blues have been “stepping up their interest” in the Ukrainian international ahead of the summer transfer window.

Sudakov is not expected to be made available on the cheap by Shakhtar, with it being suggested that they could hold out for as much as £65m for the player.

However, after signing Mykhailo Mudryk from the same club 16 months ago, Chelsea do have a good relationship with Shakhtar, which could make the deal easier to negotiate.

There are 3 other Premier League clubs interested in Sudakov

The Mail report that Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have also been monitoring the 21-year-old’s progress in recent months.

Sudakov has caught the eye with his performances this season. He has scored 2 goals in his last three appearances, as well as providing a hat-trick of assists in Shakhtar’s 4-1 win over Chornomorets at the start of May.

Do Chelsea need another attacking midfielder?

Considering the costs involved, you do have to question whether the Blues should really be considering signing Sudakov. The London club could end up paying a sizeable sum for a player they don’t really need.

The Ukrainian is most comfortable playing as a no.10; a position which manager Mauricio Pochettino already has plenty of other options for.

In addition to Cole Palmer and Christopher Nkunku, the likes of Carney Chukwuemeka and Conor Gallagher are also able to play in that role if needed.

When you take into account that Chelsea will have restrictions placed on their spending this summer, due to the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules, that £65m could be better spent in other areas. Bringing in reinforcements upfront, in the centre of defence and even in goal should be prioritised ahead of buying someone like Sudakov.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.