Chelsea’s current transfer policy is sending ‘mixed messages’ and confusing other clubs, according to leading journalist Dominic Fifield.
The Stamford Bridge outfit approach to signing players has seen the club at odds with it’s mangers in the past, with former coaches Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte often at loggerheads with the Blues hierarchy over recruitment.
Current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has made it clear that he would like to sign two players during the January window, although the Italian coach has admitted that he has little say over transfers.
Former Technical Director Michael Emenalo left Stamford Bridge last season, leaving club Director Marina Granovskaia to take on a wide ranging role which includes responsibility for player transactions.
However, other clubs are said to be confused by the current structure in West London and are unsure about who to approach in regards to potential deals.
Fifield, of the Guardian, also used the case of Chelsea’s 19-year-old attacker Calum Hudson-Odoi – who has been the subject of intense interested from Bayern Munich – as an example of the short-termism currently gripping the club.
“Chelsea are playing out this short-term transfer policy this month with the prospect of losing one of their long term projects in Callum Hudson-Odoi,” Fifield told Sky Sports Sunday Supplement.
“If he goes to Germany then where is the long-term planning? There is a lot of confusion surrounding Chelsea within their recruitment department.
“Marina Granovskaia has effectively taken over the duties of technical director but there are a lot of mixed messages coming out of that. Clubs who are dealing with Chelsea are wondering who they should contact to find out who is available and who Chelsea might want. That doesn’t reflect well on the current hierarchy.”