Emmanuel Petit Names The £85M Rated La Liga Star That Chelsea “Should Sign” This Summer

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes his former club should consider making an offer for Real Madrid forward Rodrygo.

The impending arrival of Kylian Mbappe at the Bernabeu has raised doubts about the future of the Brazilian international and Petit believes the Blues would have a good chance of securing his signature:

“I think Chelsea should sign Rodrygo from Real Madrid to help Nicolas Jackson next season. With Mbappe arriving next season, one of Real’s big stars are going to be out of the XI, so I think this one makes sense for both parties. Real Madrid could get a big fee and he will also be great for Jackson, although he is still young.”

In terms of the “big fee” that Petit mentions, it is believed that Real could hold out for as much as €100m (£85m) for their player. That is a sizeable sum and raises questions about how realistic the transfer is.

Rodrygo’s stance on leaving his current club

It has been reported in recent days that the 23-year-old is not interested in leaving Real. He has had a strong season, making 50 appearances and scoring 17 goals in all competitions for the La Liga champions.

Whether Rodrygo will change his view if Mbappe does take his place in the starting lineup, though, it remains to be seen.

Chelsea are looking at a number of options to strengthen the frontline

The Blues are known to be keeping close tabs on RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko, but the Slovenian is also a target for the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Sporting Lisbon’s Viktor Gyokeres are believed to be on the club’s radar as well, although they are expected to cost just as much as someone like Rodrygo.

A lot may depend on how much Chelsea are prepared to spend on recruiting a new number nine ahead of next season.

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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.