Chelsea have been chasing after the Serie A star’s signature for quite some-time but now it looks like their luck has run out with his current club offering a lucrative new deal.
The Blues have struggled this season, as they watched Manchester City rampage through the Premier League to claim Pep Guardiola’s first title in England’s top tier. However, with Antonio Conte winning the Premier League in his debut season with a flamboyant display of attacking and defensive football, many expected that to continue on this season, but things haven’t gone according to plan.
Not only that, the Blues also lost the likes of Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and even Juan Cuadrado during the summer window and failed to bring in the proper replacements. Then they lost Sporting Director Michael Emenalo, who was the architect behind signing the likes of Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa and so many other gems that Chelsea once had. Losing him, has arguably been the biggest loss to Chelsea this season and it showed.
They failed to sign the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Alex Sandro, Alexis Sanchez and so many other targets, that manager Antonio Conte believed could and would change his team. That’s exactly why, the Stamford Bridge side have targeted Juventus’s star Fabio Paratici, aka the brains behind the Old Lady’s strategies and negotiations team. The Sporting Director for the Serie A giants has been one of the main reasons as to how Juventus picked themselves up from a relegated and a scandal ravaged club to the European superpower they are now.
Fabio Paratici has been the reason why Juventus brought in Paul Pogba for free for Manchester United before selling him for a world record sum. He also masterminded the transfer deal for Carlos Tevez, Alvaro Morata, Sami Khedira, Paulo Dybala, Patrice Evra and so many others, which is exactly why Chelsea wants him.
However, while Fabio Paratici contract with the Old Lady does expire at the end of the current season, reports from Italian news outlet Calciomercato has revealed that the club has already offered him a new deal. It further adds that Juventus President Andrea Agnelli has offered the Holy Trinity of Fabio Paratici, Pavel Nedved and Beppe Marotta new deals that they are close to signing.
This is a massive blow to Chelsea, even bigger than losing out on a key star. Signing Fabio Paratici would have been the perfect answer to losing Michael Emenalo and the Italian would have been able to reproduce his genius and incredible scouting skills for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.