I’m trying to refrain from showing my pessimistic side, but Chelsea has entered the “race” to sign Tottenham target Brennan Johnson.
I put race under quotations to denote irony.
Because this most definitely isn’t a race. According to Times journalist Tom Roddy, Chelsea has approached Nottingham Forest about signing the 22-year-old forward.
Outrageous doesn’t do Todd Boehly’s transfer-market expenditures justice.
He’s spending money like Zimbabwe used to print it. I’ve lost track of Chelsea’s signings since Boehly took control of the ostensibly opulent club.
According to Transfermarkt, Chelsea has spent £296 million in the last eight weeks. And now they smell blood where Johnson is concerned.
Tottenham can’t smell blood in the water, even if it’s profusely gushing. And therein lies the mammoth issue.
Sure, Johnson reportedly favours a move to Spurs. However, Tottenham hasn’t even made an official bid. Sound familiar? If Edmond Tabpsoba comes to mind, you’re not alone.
Unless Johnson is as steadfast about a move to N17 as Moisés Caicedo was to Chelsea, we have a problem.
Nottingham Forest rejected two Brentford bids for Johnson, the last of which was about £40 million.
Forest will likely sell their most-promising talent for £50 million.
There’s absolutely no way Tottenham will get into a bidding war with the Blues, particularly considering the polar opposite spending habits of Daniel Levy and Boehly.
West Ham is also lurking in the shadows, but the East London side has even less chance than Spurs of landing the promising young forward.
I can’t say I’m surprised by recent developments.
Chelsea has made a farce of transfer expenditures, proving that money, at least for them, isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. While a crying shame, it’s a reality Tottenham supporters have to face.
Aside from Manchester City, no team will compete with the Blues’ garish spending. And that’s a gargantuan problem for Spurs, whose top brass veer away from a bidding war like a lactose intolerant avoids dairy.
While I’m hoping beyond hope that Johnson says no to Chelsea and scuppers any potential deal, I fear the worst.
Spurs better pay Gent’s asking price for Gift Orban now, as I shudder to think of what will happen if Chelsea or another club with more money than sense enters the maddening fray.