I’m very disappointed in today’s breaking news surrounding Chelsea, as I am sure you all will be as well.
But I’m here to try and make sense of the deal and to try and see why we might have done this, and it’s not all doom and gloom I assure you.
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Marc Guehi is having a medical at Crystal Palace today ahead of a permanent move there, according to the reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic.
🚨 Exclusive: Crystal Palace close to completing permanent signing of Chelsea defender Marc Guehi. 21yo having medical today ahead of penning 5yr deal. #CFC have sell-on clause + matching rights on future move.
📝 With @stujames75 for @TheAthleticUK #CPFC https://t.co/hDzD2Vw6mj
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 15, 2021
Whilst yes, it is very frustrating to see Chelsea sell a highly rated talented young academy player who we ALL have belief in can make it in the senior setup, Chelsea have actually worked this permanent deal in their favour to make it a bit of a win win situation for them.
To start with, they’ve worked in a sell-on clause into the deal, which means good financial benefits for Chelsea if/when Crystal Palace sell him. Secondly, they’ve added a matching rights clause into the deal, which is similar to a buyback clause.
This gives Chelsea the right to match any offer that is accepted by Crystal Palace for Guehi in the future. This sort of puts the ball in Guehi’s court if he really wants to make it at Chelsea, then he still has a chance. If he’s doing well and decides to run his contract down and a team come in with an offer that Palace have to accept or risk losing him on a free transfer, Chelsea can match that offer and it has to be accepted as well.
As well as this, The club will be getting around £15m-£20m for Guehi as a straight fee, which is speculated by The Athletics’s report today, so that will be extra vital funds as the club look to pull off a mega-deal like Erling Haaland.
Lastly, Guehi is not going to play even if he stays at Chelsea this season let’s be honest. Even if Kurt Zouma does leave, he still has Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, and Antonio Rudiger ahead of him in the pecking order and whilst he will get minutes in cup competitions and as rotation rarely, it wont be the regular minutes he needs to develop.
And he does need to develop more, he has flaws that need ironing out, he will now have a chance to do this at a top club who are looking to build something special, and he will be able to feel a part of something and have some stability in his career, rather than going on loan after loan.
Listen, I’ll conclude, yes I am annoyed as well about losing Guehi, I really rate him and we have constantly heard how much the board do as well. But with the clauses inserted, this isn’t necessarily the end of his Chelsea career, and I think we need to take some positivity from that, and the rest of what I’ve said above.