Journalist Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea were willing to sign Jeremy Doku before the deal with Cole Palmer. Doku joined Man City while Chelsea signed Palmer from the same side. Romano claimed this on The Here We Go Podcast. The 21-year old Palmer has been a sensation for the Blues so far. In his nine Premier League appearances this season, he has scored four goals and two assists. Moreover, he was the scorer of equalising penalty against his former club as well.
Speaking about Palmer and Doku, Fabrizio said,
“The feeling at Chelsea is that Cole Palmer will probably be a top, top player in the future. They paid an important fee but not a crazy a fee and they believe that in that case, they got a fantastic player for a good price. And so credit to Chelsea because they were able to keep this name secret and private for almost three weeks.
At the beginning of August, they were considering multiple options, including Doku, including Nico Williams, obviously [Michael] Olise, different kinds of players. They decided to go for Cole Palmer at the beginning of August. It was a very secret name, but they were perfect in the strategy and they got a great player, so credit to [the] Chelsea board.”
Doku might have been a revelation at Chelsea as well
Owing to the performances Doku is giving at City, he could have been a great addition for Pochettino’s side. He is proving out to be a real deal for Pep’s side this season. The Belgian wonderkid registered four assists during 6-1 victory over Bournemouth. Though, Chelsea will be happy with the start Palmer has to his life at West London. If he keeps up the good pace, there will be no doubts for the Blues signing him over Doku or Olise.
Chelsea will be in a desperate need of Palmer and his flair after the international break. The Blues are going to have a tough run of fixtures against some top sides of the league. They will be travelling to St James Park to face Newcastle United who are also looking to have regained their discipline in the recent weeks.
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