'Not a surprise': Chelsea's Ben Chilwell comments after big Manchester City transfer news

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell admitted it he wasn’t overly alarmed that Manchester City spent such big money on Jack Grealish this summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Chilwell was asked to comment on the huge splurge by City on Aston Villa’s captain.

Grealish moved from his boyhood club to the Premier League champions in a ground-breaking £100m (Sky Sports) deal.

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In doing so, City smashed the British transfer record and made him one of the most expensive players of all time.

Clubs have struggled to spend that money on several new arrivals, let alone on one individual.

Although Chelsea are technically in that bracket, they will soon announce the £97.5m (Sky Sports) arrival of Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea and City cash in

Soon to be level on pair in terms of City’s outlay, Chilwell recognised why the elite sides wanted to pay so much for the top stars.

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“Man City have been a great team over the past five to ten years,” said the Blues left-back.

“That’s what you get with the bigger teams, they are going to want to spend to keep improving their squads because they are not just happy with winning the league last year.

“They want to do it all over again this year. It’s not a surprise that they want to strengthen their squad to keep on improving.”

There is still a chance for both of the Champions League finalists to increase their bill before the transfer window closes.

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City are attempting to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur, whilst Chelsea have their eyes on Jules Kounde.

Expect some kind of movements from the English powerhouses before the domestic campaign kicks off this weekend.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.