Report: Chelsea actually tried to sign 'unplayable' £40m PL winger this summer, wanted him for cut price
Reports suggest Chelsea made an attempt to sign Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin this summer.
According to The Athletic, the Blues were one of a number of clubs intrigued by the prospect of a cut-price deal for the Frenchman.
The 25-year-old has proved an entertaining yet impactful member of the Newcastle side, with him often proving the catalyst for attacks at St. James’ Park.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard saw the best of Saint-Maximin in February, describing him as ‘unplayable’ after Newcastle beat his Everton side in February.
The Blues have added Raheem Sterling to their ranks as a wide option, with Thomas Tuchel claiming he was always the priority addition to his attacking options this season.
Chelsea tried to sign Saint-Maximin
However, this didn’t stop the side showing interest in Saint-Maximin, with The Athletic claiming the hopes Newcastle would engage in a summer spending spree could see the Blues get a deal done on the cheap.
The report goes on to say that Newcastle were not willing to accept anything less than £40m for the Frenchman, seemingly pricing Chelsea out of a deal.
Despite his undoubted importance to the Magpies, questions over how prolific he can be at the top level.
Having scored just 11 goals in 86 Premier League appearances, Chelsea fans may have doubts at bringing him in, with the club already possessing a number of forwards who aren’t currently proving regular goalscorers.
This is why the Stamford Bridge faithful should be even more pleased that the Sterling deal is over the line, with the England international proving a constant threat in front of goal despite seeing his minutes begin to fall over the last couple of seasons.
It has already been hinted at that Tuchel sees Sterling as integral to his future plans, and with another attacking signing looking unlikely, the reliance the club may have on the 27-year-old could only inspire him to reach new heights as he enters the prime of his career.