Chelsea hold “contacts” with Crystal Palace regarding a deal to sign Marc Guehi

Chelsea hold “contacts” with Crystal Palace regarding a deal to sign Marc Guehi

According to credible journalist Fabrizio Romano, there have been communications between Chelsea and Crystal Palace regarding the potential signing of Marc Guehi during the ongoing summer transfer window.

After joining Selhurst Park in 2021, the center-back signed a five-year contract that runs until 2026. 

Despite having a long-term deal, his performances were remarkable, featuring in 37 out of 38 Premier League matches last season, which has led to significant interest in him from other clubs.

Up until now, four clubs – Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Manchester United – have been prominently linked with making a move for the 23-year-old center-back. 

Football Insider reports that his club has set a price tag of £60 million on him, and they are determined to hold firm on this valuation for their prized asset.

Interestingly, the player is not unfamiliar with Stamford Bridge, as he initially came through Chelsea’s academy during the early stages of his career. 

According to the latest update, Todd Boehly and Mauricio Pochettino have made inquiries to understand the requirements and possibilities of bringing him back to SW6 in the upcoming weeks.

Romano, in his special column for CaughtOffside, disclosed that Chelsea did make an inquiry for Guehi a little over two weeks ago. However, it seems that, as of now, the chances of a deal being finalized are not very high.

“Marc Guehi – There’s a lot of interest in the Crystal Palace defender, but it’s still too early to say where he will go. Palace players are always linked with moves away but it’s important to underline that Palace have to be respected and they want important money or they keep their stars. Chelsea had some contacts on the player side 15 days ago, but again, no concrete negotiations or anything advanced.”

Chelsea have already approved the sales of Kalidou Koulibaly and Ethan Ampadu this summer, indicating their active search for a young center-back. Marc Guehi, who has been praised as a “beast” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, could be an ideal candidate for this role.

Guehi, hailing from Abidjan, showcased impressive statistics last season, averaging 3.6 clearances, 1.5 aerial wins, and 1.4 tackles per game in the top-flight, highlighting his defensive prowess both on the ground and in the air. 

However, his impact is not limited to defense; the 5-foot-11 star has demonstrated his offensive abilities as well. During his time at Crystal Palace, he scored five goals and provided one assist in 82 appearances, proving to be a threat during set pieces and open play.

Furthermore, Guehi shares the same agent, Unique Sports Group, with Reece James and Ian Maatsen, establishing an existing connection with Chelsea. 

This connection could potentially give the Blues a slight advantage in their pursuit of the former defender as they aim to secure a deal before the transfer window closes.

Chelsea hold “contacts” with Crystal Palace regarding a deal to sign Marc Guehi

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