Manchester United and Chelsea will both be expecting to challenge for silverware, and at the very minimum clinch a Champions League place again, next season. But it is only the club who have backed up their ambition with a remarkable summer of spending.
While Old Trafford chiefs continue to ponder and monitor potential targets, Chelsea have been swift in reinforcing ‘s ranks with several star names. The most recent came in the form of a club record deal, for a player United had reportedly also identified on their shortlist.
Kai Havertz has headed to west London in an overall package worth £89million and admitted that working under the club legend at the helm helped him make up his mind. There can be no doubting that there were plenty of interested parties, with United having weighed up a move.
Their hesitation helped pave Havertz’s path to a direct Premier League rival, adding another unsavoury twist to what has so far transpired to be a summer of frustration across the board.
The claimed that United held off on moving for Havertz due to another electric wideman having been earmarked as their primary target. That player, of course, is Borussia Dortmund and England sensation Jadon Sancho.
Both starlets command eye-watering price tags and had impressed in the Bundesliga last season. But as it stands, just one has moved to England with United still unwilling to stump up the £108m required to snap up Sancho.
It comes as no surprise that both elite clubs have been desperate to add more firepower to their squads, but Chelsea have proved worlds apart with their decisiveness and formidable spending power. Continue reading