Chelsea are today being linked with Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha by sites like CaughtOffside, with prices like €60m being mentioned for a January move.
Check the records – we proposed Palhinha as a Chelsea target before he ever went to Fulham. He’s a really good player, and we could really have used him these last couple of years.
But it was the Whites who got the bargain on the 26 year old. We would be buying a 28 year old for a massive sum. As good as he is, the deal is not nearly as tempting as it was.
We will be watching this with interested however – he’s certainly got the kind of profile that Mauricio Pochettino must be begging for behind the scenes.
On the other hand, what of Romeo Lavia, Andrey Santos, Cesare Casadei and the other midfield investments we’ve made? We seem to have too many players in every position, yet not enough at the same time.