Much has been made of Chelsea’s spending spree this summer, with the Blues already splashing out over £200million on six new arrivals.
The Premier League club have brought in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr so far as Frank Lampard aims to mount a title challenge this season.
They are also expected to add goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to their squad in the not too distant future, with Declan Rice also wanted by the west Londoners.
talkSPORT understands an £18m agreement between Chelsea and Rennes for glovesman Mendy is drawing closer after the Blues had a recent offer worth £14m rejected by the French side.
This kind of backing in the transfer market is very rare, and top agent Kia Joorabchian believes many managers will be envious of the position Lampard is in.
“Chelsea have spent very well,” said Joorabchian on talkSPORT’s White and Jordan show.
“They’ve backed Frank to the full – that’s been the key.
“I know a lot of managers who wish they had been backed in that way. I think the pressure is on Chelsea to perform.”
While Chelsea’s outlay has been significant, Joorabchian claims they have paid out substantially less cash on their summer acquisitions than they would have done in a pre-COVID world and has praised their transfer business.
“The market will still continue,” he added, “but having said that I think Chelsea have bought what they’ve bought; but they’ve probably paid 20 or 30 per cent less than they would have done in a buoyant market.”
Meanwhile, Joorabchian has revealed that Brazilian playmaker Willian decided to leave Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal after being ‘wooed’ by manager Mikel Arteta.
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“With Willian, there’s no secret he wanted a three-year contract, but the Mikel Arteta project was just incredible,” the agent continued during his interview with talkSPORT.
“He was very much wooed by Mikel and [technical director] Edu, and what Mikel presented to him and the way he wants to play football and the way he wants to continue and the success he wants to bring to Arsenal, made the difference.
“That’s what he said and that’s exactly what it was.”