Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has handed latest owner and acting sporting director Todd Boehly advice because the Blues may very well be set to maneuver for superstars Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar. Each players may very well be available for the best price this summer, with the Portuguese legend asking Manchester United to let him leave the club in the event that they receive an acceptable bid.
When asked who Leboeuf wants Chelsea to enroll front this summer, he was clear in a single man that may make the difference for Thomas Tuchel’s side. “I might pick Ronaldo because they need someone to complete the actions and rating and be more clinical,” he told ESPN. “Neymar just isn’t going to occur, I don’t think Tuchel wants him because he had so many issues when he was the coach of PSG.”
Chelsea boss Tuchel knows Neymar thoroughly, having coached him in Paris and previously claimed that the Brazil star is difficult to work with. “It’s tough to administer him in any respect!” Tuchel told France Info in 2019. “He has a giant, big heart, but, unfortunately, he doesn’t at all times show that he’s a generous, reliable boy.”
Chelsea could sign Raphinha from Leeds, and up to now are the one club to have met the club’s valuation of the Brazilian however the winger appears to be holding out for a move to Barcelona. Leboeuf believes that any deal for Raphinha needs to be contingent on one winger leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.
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Joining Lebouef on the ESPN panel was former Blues midfielder Craig Burley, who believes that hijacking Barcelona’s attempts to sign Robert Lewandowski may very well be the perfect move for Chelsea. “I feel Chelsea would love Robert Lewandowski,” Burley said. “I might advocate for long-term constructing but I feel sometimes you could take some short-term approaches to fill just a few gaps and I feel they would like him, who wouldn’t?
“But clearly the apple of his eye is Barcelona. But I feel if Chelsea get him, in games where it’s pretty average to have someone who can change it.”
Lewandowski has been public in his desire to depart Bayern Munich this summer, and Barcelona are frontrunners for the Polish striker’s signature but are yet to agree a fee with the German club.