Chelsea are locked in talks to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke, according to reports in the Dutch media.
The Blues are believed to have tabled an opening bid of around €30m (£26m) but the main talking point is the player’s poor injury record.
Madueke has missed 49 games due to the injury over the last two and a half years and fans on Twitter have been debating whether the 20-year-old is worth signing:
He is so impressive, but we really, really don’t need another glass cannon. I know our there’s something clearly wrong with our current medical staff, but look at Reece, Pulisic, Kante, etc. who have been plagued by injuries. We don’t need another risk
— Cad Ben (@bdoubleusee) January 13, 2023
Get the guy and then manage him well.
— Atiku. president. (@JohnsonAdah8) January 13, 2023
Getting Trossard would make sense.
— Maximum Cuts (@MConfydenz) January 13, 2023
He is brilliant. He creative also
— Only football (@Nuradin771) January 13, 2023
He’s had constant injuries, a lot of attitude problems and PSV are happy to see him leave. This stinks which means welcome to Chelsea Madueke on a 6 year deal
— I ❤️ Fpl (@fplfanatic) January 13, 2023
he would ball with Joao, interchanging positions 🔥
— BlueSoldiersFC 🇧🇷 (@BlueSoldiersFC) January 13, 2023
But there are other players out there who are healthy and talented. Why are we hell-bent on increasing the number of injury-prone players in our squad?
— SouNdMind (@soundmindk9) January 14, 2023
Not all about signing young Stars, the question here remains “Will the coach bring out the best in them by creating a room for them to play??” #Madueke is a great talent and I’d love to see him on Chelsea shirt’s
— Victor ken (@Victork67237934) January 14, 2023
There is no doubt that Madueke is a huge talent, but his fitness problems are rather concerning, and the Blues should be taking that into account before they decide to meet PSV’s asking price.
The Dutch club are believed to be holding out for a similar fee they sold Cody Gakpo to Liverpool, which means that Madueke could end up costing as much as €45m (£40m). Whether Graham Potter’s side will agree to pay that sort of figure for the England Under 21 international, we shall have to wait and see.