Chelsea transfer a ‘huge failure’ as superstar prospect leaves

Kani Chukwuemeka (20) is set to leave Chelsea.

Chukwuemeka is a central midfielder with excellent ball skills and dribbling, despite his size (nearly 190). His ability to create offense through direct pressing and his presence in the air with his physicality has earned him the nickname “The Mecca of Football”.

Chukwuemeka came up through the Aston Villa youth ranks. He made his English Premier League (EPL) debut in the 2020-21 season after playing for Villa’s 18- and 23-year-old teams. The following season, he was mostly used as a substitute, but made 12 league appearances.

Chukwuemeka decided that he was not getting enough playing time and decided to leave the club, rejecting Villa’s offer to renew his contract. As a result, several clubs, including Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), and Dortmund, pursued his signature.

The winner of the transfer battle was Chelsea. The Blues paid £20 million with options to sign Chukwuemeka. John Terry, a Chelsea legend who coached Chukwuemeka as a coach at Villa, is said to have been instrumental in the signing.

But even at Chelsea, there was no place for Chukwuemeka. He made just 14 league appearances in the 2022-23 season, only two of which were starts. This 19사이트 season, he was also plagued by injuries. Chukwuemeka injured his knee in the second round of the opening round and underwent surgery. He was limited to nine league appearances this season.

Naturally, Chukwuemeka transfer rumors have surfaced. “AC Milan have opened talks with Chelsea over the signing of Chukwuemeka,” Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported on April 29 (KST). The Rossoneri have been monitoring Chukwuemeka since he left Villa for Chelsea and were interested in signing him. The Blues are pursuing a loan deal with an option for a full transfer.

Chelsea have a new manager in Enzo Maresca after Mauricio Pochettino left the club at the end of the season. At the same time, the club is in the process of overhauling its squad and is considering selling players who are not being utilized as mainstays, such as Chuchu Emeka.