Chelsea could possibly seek to seal the return of Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi to Stamford Bridge with a clause ‘which will come into effect next summer’, according to the Sun reporter Tom Barclay.
Guehi has only been offered two senior appearances during his time on the Blues’ books, having played more than 100 times for the west Londoners at youth level, and it looks like he could still have a future at Chelsea despite being allowed to leave the club last. year.
What is the latest news about Guehi?
Guehi was offloaded at Palace last summer, with the Eagles ready to part ways with £18million to welcome him to Selhurst Park.
The 21-year-old gem has admitted to being “very excited” after signing a five-year contract with Patrick Vieira’s side and there’s no doubt the move has paid off.
Guehi made 33 appearances for the Eagles, wore the captain’s armband on numerous occasions and also showed he was a threat in the opposition penalty area by scoring four goals.
His impressive form earned him a first call-up to the England international team, with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate revealing the Palace man has been fast-tracked into the squad.
Centre-back Guehi has reacted to his selection by insisting he was “very proud” to have been included in Southgate’s plans, while Eagles chief Vieira believes representing his country will allow the ex-Chelsea to gain confidence after meeting “his ambition”.
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What did Tom Barclay say about Guehi?
Barclay have confirmed that Chelsea have inserted a clause in the deal which takes Guehi to the Palace, meaning they could still beat admirers to his signature further down the line.
The journalist believes Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel could look to cash in on the deal from the summer of 2023.
Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t think they have a buyout clause. I understand they have a clause, which will come into effect next summer, that if another club makes an offer and it is accepted, they have the right to match that offer and have it accepted.
“His story at Chelsea may not be over for good, but it’s not as simple as Tino Livramento, for example, where if they just offer close to £38m they can get it back.”
Do Chelsea regret their decision to sell Guehi?
It’s understood that Guehi was initially in Tuchel’s plans ahead of Palace’s big offer, so it would seem the German didn’t want him to leave Stamford Bridge in the first place.
With centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen out of contract this summer, as well as right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea will now wish they had decided not to cash in their academy proceeds.
As it stands, the Blues will have six centre-backs on their books next season, but that includes Ethan Ampadu, Matt Miazga and Jake Clarke-Salter, who are all currently on loan.
Roman Abramovich’s sanction means Chelsea are unable to implement summer transfer plans until the Russian oligarch is replaced as club owner.