Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has pumped a lot of investment in the club he loves, lives, and breathes for – this is undeniable.
But it has far from been a case of Chelsea throwing all their money at any target they want to sign regardless.
In fact, they have made some pretty poor decisions in the transfer market and often opted to sign a second, third, or even fourth choice target for a certain area, and regretting said decision for many years to come.
Blues Director Marina Granovskaia is known to be a tough negotiator, which can be absolutely brilliant for the club, or it can also see them losing key targets for the sake of a few million pounds.
But there are some occasions when you absolutely must bite the bullet and get that player signed, and a perfect example of that is Chelsea coming close to signing Virgil van Dijk before he joined Liverpool.
Antonio Conte has admitted to The Telegraph, that he came “very, very close” to signing van Dijk during his Chelsea reign, but it didn’t happen.
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We often heard Chelsea fans saying last season, ‘we just need our Virgil van Dijk’ at the back, emphasising on the fact they have lacked such a figure since John Terry retired. And yet, there they were with a chance to sign him, but they failed.
Of course the rest is history and he is now having a fantastic career at Liverpool.
But the Chelsea of today would have got that deal done, and how do we know this? Because now they are signing their first choice targets regardless.
Frank Lampard has stated his top targets, and the board are delivering them. Of course, Chelsea again will not throw unlimited money at players, but what they are doing is if a first choice target is not available, or a good deal cannot be done, then they go back for them during the next opportunity.
This is what they are rumoured to be doing with Declan Rice in January. The midfielder was priced out of a move by West Ham in the summer, but instead of signing a different option and moving on – they are waiting to move for Rice again.
It was a huge mistake not completing the van Dijk deal, but one I do not feel the club will make again anytime soon.