Chelsea have been hoping for a few major deals over the last few weeks, but that has yet to come to fruition. Indeed, the Blues are yet to make a single splash this summer, and with pre-season beginning over the next few weeks, that’s a big problem.
Things are happening behind the scenes though, it seems, though the latest news coming out of the club is surprising to say the least.
According to Diario de Noticias, goalkeeper Eduardo has agreed fresh terms at the club, and he looks set to stay on the books at Stamford Bridge for another year. However, significantly, Eduardo’s role this season won’t be to play at Stamford Bridge.
Indeed, whilst he will remain a first-team squad member for the time being, the plan is apparently for him to move to Vitesse on loan for the season.
Eduardo joined Chelsea back in 2016, but he’s yet to play a single competitive minute for the club. Nonetheless, the Blues clearly want to keep him at the club for the time being – though their motivation is unclear at present.
Eduardo is 36-years-old, and he won the European Championship with Portugal back in 2016. He’s also a two-time Croatian Football League winner.
This is a strange one to say the least. Chelsea are effectively paying for someone to join another club for what is likely to be one of the last years of their career.
Nonetheless, perhaps there’s another motive at stake here. Possibly it’s simply a way of rewarding Eduardo for his stellar work, or perhaps – maybe more likely – the club are grooming him as a potential goalkeeping coach in the future.
Former Chelsea goalkeepers Hilario and Carlo Cudicini are involved behind the scenes at the club, and so perhaps he could follow suit.
Still, though, it is a strange way to go about doing things. That pretty much sums up Chelsea’s window so far, though.
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