To put it mildly, Chelsea’s summer transfer window was quite exciting, but there was also that one deal that fell through.
The Blues weren’t just trying to add players who could immediately strengthen the starting lineup when they arrived; they were also keeping an eye out for players who had the potential to burst onto the scene and become the next great thing.
Arsen Zakharyan, a playmaker for Dynamo Moscow, has acknowledged that he had a transfer agreement with Chelsea last month before the deal fell through.
The 19-year-old midfielder was one of Thomas Tuchel’s top targets because he wants to expand his alternatives in the center of the field.
As Chelsea was aware of interest from other parties, they were prepared to exercise the Russian midfielder’s £12.6 million release clause.
As a result of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Chelsea would have had trouble transferring the money to the Russian team, therefore the deal was halted.
However, Zakharyan isn’t given up on his desire to move to Chelsea, and the playmaker is optimistic that a deal can be reached in January.
Todd Boehly and Tuchel concur that the team’s midfield should be a priority, and the German coach will be given a sizable budget to work with in the upcoming two transfer windows.
The Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez was a top target in the final days of the transfer window, but Chelsea was unable to complete a £40 million deal for the Mexican.
Having previously lost players like Lisandro Martinez and Antony, Ajax was adamant about staying put.
The young man said that the delay had left him feeling a little letdown, but he is hoping that everything will be resolved during the upcoming transfer window. He’s using that disappointment as motivation to improve his performance in the interim.
Along with dealing with some little taunting and trolling from teammates, like Fedor Smolov screaming “Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea” as he passed the post-game interview following Dinamo Moscow’s 2-1 victory over Ural last night.