Chelsea in talks with Manchester City for Cole Palmer

August 30, 2023

Chelsea are allegedly interested in signing Manchester City playmaker Cole Palmer before the transfer deadline on Friday.

Chelsea in talks with Manchester City for Cole Palmer

The Blues have had a very active few months in the market, parting ways with a wide range of players to make room for their preferred alternatives across the board.

Mauricio Pochettino, on the other hand, is still lacking in the final third, with the Argentine admitting on multiple occasions that he would prefer to buy a dynamic attacker.

This is due in part to Christopher Nkunku’s knee injury, which will keep him out until the end of 2023, and Armando Broja’s inability to show his fitness following a more significant issue in the same region.

As of Tuesday, Pochettino stated that the club’s recruitment team was working hard to find a solution, with Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe appearing to be one of the choices being explored.

Nonetheless, according to trade specialist Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea intends to hold talks with Manchester City over the probable purchase of Palmer.

The England Under-21 international started the season in fine form, scoring an incredible solo goal in the Community Shield before scoring in the UEFA Super Cup 10 days later.

Despite this, the 21-year-old has received only one 10-minute appearance off the substitutes’ bench in the Premier League.

Chelsea wants Cole Palmer from Manchester City

Palmer’s last appearance in the Premier League came after City’s game against Burnley on the first day of the season, and he hasn’t played since August 16.

Following interest from West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion, manager Pep Guardiola has stated that a decision on the player’s future must be made by both himself and the player.

Chelsea was not previously viewed as a possible destination for Palmer. However, Romano claims that the West Londoners will fight hard to make him their final signing of the summer.

City supposedly has not decided how to handle any approaches made by Chelsea, who remains a rival despite their differing league standings in 2022-23.

Palmer would not be short of familiar faces at Chelsea, with Romeo Lavia and Raheem Sterling both known from their time at City, and Levi Colwill and Noni Madueke having played alongside Palmer for England at the Under-21 European Championship in June and July.