Chelsea included a ‘quid pro quo’ in the deal that brought defender Marc Guehi to Crystal Palace, according to The Sun reporter Tom Barclay.
The 21-year-old left his boyhood club permanently last July after the Eagles paid £18m to secure his services after a stellar 2020/21 season.
What’s the latest on Chelsea?
It could be a busy summer for manager Thomas Tuchel, who is set to lose both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers over the next few months.
According to a well-known journalist fabrice romanoRudiger will join La Liga champions Real Madrid on a four-year deal after an agreement was reached between the parties involved.
Meanwhile, Spanish outlet AS claim Christensen has completed his move to Catalan giants Barcelona after a nine-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
The duo’s impending departures will then leave Chelsea relatively short of options at centre-back next season, and Tuchel is set to enter the transfer market in search of his replacements.
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One option is Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, with the Daily Mail claiming the France international has informed his current club of his desire to seek a new challenge.
Kounde came close to joining Chelsea last summer before the capital club refused to meet his £68m release clause but could finally make the switch before next season.
What did Barclay say about Guehi?
Another option for Tuchel could be to sanction Guehi’s return, however, after Barclay revealed to GiveMeSport that the west London outfit can ‘match’ any offer made to them.
He told GMS: “They do not have a buyout clause. If I understood correctly, they have some sort of matching clause.
“So if a club offers any amount and Palace accepts it, then I think the way it works is Chelsea would then have the option of basically matching that fee, and that would have to be accepted. But yeah , we’ll wait and really see that one.
Would Guehi be a good signing for Chelsea?
Guehi left Chelsea after just two senior appearances but has flourished since joining Palace, appearing 39 times in all competitions under Patrick Vieira throughout 2021/22.
Meanwhile, the shrewd defender scored four goals, while averaging 3.4 clearances, 0.8 blocks, 4.4 long balls and 65.4 passes with an 86.8% passing accuracy, according to WhoScored. .
Those numbers put Guehi in the top three among his teammates for every metric, and his outstanding form earned him a first senior England cap, indicating his eventual return to Chelsea would be well-deserved.