Smart clause by Marina Granovskaia positions Chelsea to benefit from Arsenal’s interest in Crystal Palace’s Guehi
In a strategic twist, Arsenal’s potential move for Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi could play a pivotal role in funding Chelsea’s bid for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen. The unique financial link between the two London clubs emerges from a clever clause inserted by Chelsea’s director Marina Granovskaia.
As reported by The Mirror, Arsenal is closely monitoring the performance of 23-year-old defender Marc Guehi, who has excelled since his £18 million transfer from Chelsea to Crystal Palace in 2021 under the management of Patrick Vieira. Guehi’s standout displays have garnered attention from major Premier League clubs, including Manchester City and Manchester United, but it is Arsenal and their manager, Mikel Arteta, who appear to be at the forefront of the race.
The Mirror suggests that Arteta is steering Arsenal’s interest, putting the club in a favorable position for a potential move next summer. Notably, Chelsea holds a significant stake in any future transfer involving Guehi, thanks to a shrewd sell-on clause crafted by Granovskaia during the defender’s initial move to Palace.
The reported 25% entitlement from Guehi’s transfer fee could prove substantial, especially considering the expected valuation of over £60 million for the promising young center-back. If Arsenal proceeds with the acquisition, it may inadvertently contribute to Chelsea’s financial arsenal in their pursuit of Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.
Osimhen, who has continued to impress with six goals in his ten appearances this season, is reportedly on Chelsea’s radar as they seek attacking reinforcements. The Nigerian striker’s future at Napoli appears uncertain, compounded by a strained relationship with the club following a controversial video mocking his penalty miss in a recent Serie A match.
With Osimhen’s contract at Napoli set to expire in the summer of 2025 and no new deal in sight, several top clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool, have expressed interest in securing the prolific striker’s services. Chelsea’s potential windfall from the Guehi transfer could play a strategic role in financing a move for Osimhen in the upcoming transfer windows.
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