REPORT: Chelsea Pushing ‘Hard’ To Sign The New Thierry Henry As They Look To Hijack £30M Arsenal Transfer

REPORT: Chelsea Pushing ‘Hard’ To Sign The New Thierry Henry As They Look To Hijack £30M Arsenal Transfer

Chelsea are prepared to table a “super offer” for Montpellier striker Elye Wahi, according to

The Italian website claims that, despite facing stiff competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal, the Blues are pushing “hard” to secure the player’s signature:

Wahi has been in outstanding form for Montpellier this season, scoring 17 goals in 32 league appearances, but he is expected to be sold this summer if a team matches his €35m (£30m) asking price.

The 20-year-old has already been drawing comparisons with young Thierry Henry, although he is still a relatively raw talent, having made his top-flight debut just two and a half years ago.

Chelsea face transfer battle for Wahi

As Calciomercato mention, Arsenal are also known to be keen admirers of the France Under 21 international.

Reports in the French media over the past few days have tipped the Gunners as the favourites for the striker’s signature, with Monaco having been mentioned as another possible destination.

Considering manager Mikel Arteta already has the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun at his disposal, signing another forward is unlikely to be one of his priorities. Strengthening their midfield seems to be their main focus at the moment, and they are believed to be lining up a club record offer for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, which could be tabled in a matter of days.

In contrast, Chelsea are in desperate need of extra firepower. The pursuit of someone like Wahi, who is a promising young player full of potential, therefore, makes a lot of sense. We shall see if Calciomercato‘s reporting is backed up by other sources.

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.