Dutchman explains Roman Abramovich's stance on Chelsea transfer targets

Football scout Piet de Visser said Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich prefers to approach transfer targets from below the radar.

It has just been a couple of months ago since Chelsea surprised even their own fans by announcing the pre-transfer agreement with Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech.

It is later revealed that Chelsea had scouted the Morocco international for three years before they eventually pulled the trigger in February.

A year ago, Chelsea made a similar move when they announced Christian Pulisic’s transfer from Borussia Dortmund, although he stayed there until at the end of the season on a loan deal.

And based on the statements from De Visser, a renowned football scout who has also been Abramovich’s personal adviser on transfers, Chelsea fans are in for more surprise signings in the upcoming transfer windows.

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In an interview with Voetbal International, De Visser said: “Abramovich does not want (transfer) targets to be mentioned in the press.”

“If I reveal Chelsea’s interest in a player, he’ll give me a penalty. That has happened to me before. I can survive a few penalties but I like to keep to the agreements.”

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De Visser is now 85 and despite having all sort of health problems, he has not stopped searching for the future football stars.

He was the scout who spotted the likes of Ronaldo and Romario, and recently Kevin de Bruyne. He mainly works for Chelsea and Eredivise side PSV Eindhoven now (Sun).

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.