Elye Wahi, a striker for Lens, has acknowledged that he declined the opportunity to join Chelsea this summer
20-year-old Wahi scored 19 goals in Ligue 1 for Montpellier last season, which naturally drew a lot of interest from throughout Europe. When a deal to loan Wahi to sister club Strasbourg fell through, Chelsea made a verbal offer of £21 million for him. However, Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham United also expressed interest. In the end, the striker chose to remain in Ligue 1 with Lens, who paid a cool £30 million to close the transfer.
Wahi acknowledged to L’Equipe that he was not impressed with the role provided to him, therefore a move to Chelsea was never very near. “Chelsea, I didn’t want to go there just for the sake of it,” he admitted. Berlin was warm. greater than Chelsea.
Wahi wasn’t the only promising young player to turn down a move to Chelsea; winger Antonio Nusa of Club Brugge also admitted he turned down the Blues’ efforts at the end of the transfer window.
Wahi is no longer available, but Chelsea will keep an eye on Nusa over the next months. However, they will have competition from teams like Arsenal and Liverpool, who have also expressed interest in the 18-year-old Norwegian.
Gabriel Moscardo, a midfielder for Corinthians, is another player on the market, and negotiations to sign the 17-year-old are anticipated to continue. The teenager may only travel to England after he reaches 18, which will happen later this month, thus the transfer window’s closure is not a concern in this agreement.
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