‘It doesn’t make sense’: EPL agent left stunned that Chelsea actually signed 21-year-old player in the summer

Chelsea announce signing of Cole Palmer from Manchester City


Cole Palmer’s transfer to Chelsea in the summer transfer window left one Premier League agent absolutely stunned.



The Athletic has conducted a survey with a number of unnamed agents from across the Premier League to discuss the recent transfer business in England.

Cole Palmer, who’s just 21, completed a late deadline-day move from Manchester City to Chelsea.

The left-footed playmaker has made the bold jump to Stamford Bridge in search of regular first-team minutes, despite being part of a very successful Man City squad at the Etihad Stadium.

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When asked the most surprising deal of the summer, one agent pushed forward Palmer’s move to Chelsea. He’s totally perplexed by all parties that this transfer went through.

One PL agent told The Athletic: “Explain Cole Palmer to me. Chelsea didn’t need him. And he’s on his pathway, he’s done incredibly well to get the exposure he got at Man City and that shows the level of player he is. It doesn’t make sense for Chelsea. It doesn’t make sense for City if they believe in him — but that might say something. Equally as importantly, what’s it done for the lad? You’ve got a really tough pathway at Man City, but all the natural positive emotions of coming through an academy. I’d get it if he moved to go and play games, to be a superstar and be the first name on the teamsheet. But he’s just got the same problem now in a different shirt.”


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Palmer is a versatile youngster with bags of individual quality and a very high ceiling.

His signing fits the mould of Chelsea’s signings when it comes to recruiting some of the best highly-rated youngsters in the game, but did they really need him?



The former Man City academy graduate is an intriguing option for Chelsea capable of playing as a No 10 or on the right wing.

You could argue his signing was a bit unnecessary. However, people’s opinions will change if he starts scoring a few goals.

In fairness, Palmer does look like a more natural goalscorer than most in the Chelsea squad, albeit he’s a gamble given his inexperience still.


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