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As Todd Boehly pushes swiftly to put Graham Potter’s team ahead of the competition, Chelsea’s January transfer activity could have a significant head start.
The new co-owners have been proactive in their attempt to accelerate the squad overhaul by agreeing to recruit Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. As a result of Potter’s need for players across the pitch heading into 2023, there is an unusual expectation at Stamford Bridge that even the winter transfer window will be active.
Already it appears that this will occur, as aggressive attempts have been made for young players globally.
Although youngsters are unlikely to propel the Blues fast up the standings, they provide a glimpse of the club’s aim for future glory. In addition, they provide fans with new players to anticipate.
Andrey Santos, a Brazilian midfielder, and David Dator Fofana, an Ivorian forward, are on the list of the club’s closest new additions.
The latter passed a medical with the club on Thursday ahead of an £8.6m transfer from Molde, while Santos will join the club for an initial £13m, which could soar to £20m with add-ons, per the Evening Standard.
Santos is only 18 years old, while Fofana is 19. Both are part of Potter’s strategy for a group of young players to reach their prime between 2020 and 2030, but their success in Brazil and Norway might see them promoted in Potter’s plans sooner.
Boehly has already spent more than £52 million on youngsters, since Carney Chukwuemeka, Cesare Casadei, and Gabriel Slonina were all summer acquisitions. Fofana and Santos will bring that figure close to £80 million, a significant early indication of investment in youngsters by a group of new owners.
Slonina, Casadei, Santos, and Fofana are all available on loan for the remainder of the season, allowing them to play senior-level first-team football elsewhere.