Chelsea to compete with Man Utd for ‘next Endrick’ despite Todd Boehly’s ominous £100m warning

The Blues have been quite active in the Premier League transfer market in recent years. They have been focusing on recruiting players with significant potential for the future. Chelsea is set to continue this strategy by targeting a potential summer move for Thalys, as reported by Calciomercato.

Thalys, described as the ‘new Endrick’, is a highly regarded player from Palmeiras, lauded as one of the hottest prospects in world football. Although he has yet to make his first-team debut, Thalys impressed by scoring four goals in nine appearances at the Copa Sao Paulo, Brazil’s key youth tournament, last month. However, he is under contract with Palmeiras until the summer of 2026, so the club is not under immediate pressure to sell him.

His current market value is around £34m, making any potential transfer likely to come at a high cost. It is uncertain if Chelsea will firm up their interest in Thalys during the forthcoming bidding period, especially as they have already spent heavily in the transfer market in recent years. Amidst their aggressive recruitment strategy, Chelsea has been cautioned about the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.

Stefan Borson, previously an advisor at Manchester City, believes Chelsea might fail Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations unless they are able to raise £100m before the summer. He expressed concerns that Chelsea could face serious repercussions due to a potential breach of FFP, indicating a smaller window for player sales before the upcoming Euros, and emphasized the significance of this potential violation.

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