Chelsea ‘will be talking to agents’ over the World Cup

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Chelsea owner Todd Boehly will spend the World Cup period talking to agents in order to gauge player availability former Blues winger Joe Cole has told Express Sport. The four-week hiatus for the showpiece event in Qatar will give Premier League clubs the perfect opportunity to start planning for the January transfer window with Graham Potter one of many managers looking to add to his side. 

Chelsea were one of the busier clubs during the summer transfer window spending almost £250million to bring eight new faces to Stamford Bridge. They are expected to be one of the busiest clubs in the window again as Boehly looks to help Potter build the squad that he wants in his first transfer window in the Blues’ hot seat. 

Now, Cole has suggested talks will be ongoing between Chelsea and club agents as Boehly looks to build on the work he has already conducted ahead of the window. January has tended to be a more difficult time for clubs to get business done but the 40-year-old has claimed that there could actually be more deals done this year given the World Cup. 

“I think the work would have been done there would have been processed but the clubs will go away for four weeks and they will be able to be meeting there’ll be talks of agents and if there is availability,” Cole told Express Sport ahead of Chelsea’s match with Arsenal today. 

“We may see more business in this window because of that because it’s actually more time to actually think about them and put the deals in place. Sometimes in January, things don’t happen because of just because simply because of time constraints. We may actually see the club trying to get more business but it’s certainly something to watch for. It’s an unusual time.” 

Despite the World Cup providing an opportunity for teams to focus on their January business more, Cole does not believe clubs will just sign players who have had good tournaments. Real Madrid signed James Rodriguez after he was the stand-out player in 2014 while El-Hadj Diouf’s performance in 2002 encouraged Liverpool to bring him to Anfield. 

Both moves failed to work out for either club and Cole argues scouting is now too advanced for it to happen again. 

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“I think the days are gone where clubs, sign players off the back of World Cups,” he said. “There’s excitement but there’s so much work and diligence that goes on behind the scenes in scouting and monitoring players globally. Now I don’t think there’ll be any clubs buying a player off three or four good games.”

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