Glen Johnson singles out the one player Chelsea will regret selling this summer
Glen Johnson chooses the one player Chelsea will regret this summer if he sold this summer…
- Several players have already left Chelsea and more are expected to follow
- Todd Boehly oversees the cleanup to improve on last season’s campaign
- However, Johnson insisted it is important to retain quality players
Glen Johnson has insisted Chelsea will regret selling one particular player this summer.
A number of stars have left Chelsea this summer as Todd Boehly and Mauricio Pochettino lead a major cleanup after last season’s disappointing season.
N’Golo Kante, Kai Havertz and Kalidou Koulibaly are among those who have already left, while Mason Mount’s move to Manchester United is expected to be confirmed shortly.
However, one departure will be a major blow to Chelsea, Johnson said betfred that Mateo Kovacic ‘will thrive’ at Pep Guardiola’s side.
Kovacic made the move to the champions in June after four years at Chelsea, joining in a £25 million deal as City look to strengthen their squad ahead of a Treble defense.
Glen Johnson has insisted Cheslea will regret selling Mateo Kovacic (centre) to Manchester City this summer
Kovacic joined City in a £25 million deal from Chelsea last month as the champions continue to strengthen
Johnson said Kovacic “will be one of Chelsea’s biggest losses” as they rebuild their squad
“I think he’s going to be one of Chelsea’s biggest losses this summer,” Johnson said. “They have good money for him, but they have sold him to a better team that he will improve.
“It was obviously a tough decision for Chelsea to sell him to City, but he’s going to do well at Manchester City because he’s surrounded by world-class players and he’s a world-class player himself.”
“It is very good business from Manchester City. They have top quality players in all positions, so Kovacic doesn’t even have to be an all round midfielder. .’
The summer transfer window marks the second season in a row in which Chelsea will spend large sums, with several players bought by Boehly last summer struggling for in-season performance.
Players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marc Cucurella and Koulibaly all came for the big bucks but failed to deliver, but the opportunity is now to right the wrongs.
Mauricio Pochettino (right) has been appointed as the club’s new manager to try and oversee the turnaround from last season’s disappointing season
Owner Todd Boehly, meanwhile, is ready to spend big money again to help improve the Blues
However, Johnson is wary and admitted it will be “embarrassing” for Chelsea if their trades don’t pay off again.
“It will be embarrassing for Chelsea if the players they sold become better than their Premier League rivals and it would be even more embarrassing if the players they bought for big money don’t train,” he said.
“They certainly allow some of their big names to go to their rivals.
“Let’s face it, Chelsea are behind the top four at the moment and they are selling some of their best players to the teams above them, but they have to recoup a good chunk of the money they’ve spent and time will tell or they are doing the right thing.’