Transfer: I’m hearing your name too much – Gary Neville blasts Chelsea owner, Boehly
Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has slammed Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly amid the Blues’ current summer transfer activities.
Neville said he hears Boehly’s name too much, accusing him of signing players without thought, and likened his actions to that of the Glazers and Ed Woodward.
According to him, the American billionaire looks like he wants to play football manager with Chelsea.
Chelsea have already signed the likes of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, Gabriel ‘Gaga’ Slonina from MLS club Chicago Fire and several others in the summer transfer window so far.
The West London club have also joined the transfer race to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and are closing in on Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella.
Speaking on The Overlap, Neville said: “The American guy [Todd] Boehly looks like he wants to play football manager.
“There is a bit of something in him. He is wandering around a little bit and they are a bit panicky now.
“You are wondering ‘oh they are coming in for De Jong this morning’ because he feels like he has to do something, that pressure is on him.
“He would not have had that pressure if he would have kept the people that have been there before and just let them operate for a year or two, but it will be an interesting season for Chelsea. Obviously, they have lost a few defenders as well. They might even lose more to Barcelona.”
He added, “They [Chelsea] are almost bouncing around because it feels like he [Todd Boehly] has to do something.
“I’m hearing his name too much. It feels like, it is not to be disrespectful, you know he is a prominent guy, he just bought the club and everything.
“He is fronted a fund that is paid two and a half billion quid, but to get rid of all that football operation that has been unbelievable for that many years and come in and do it yourself, it does feel like Ed Woodward to me. We will see it develop.
“I mean, look, let’s be clear, firstly – they are [Chelsea] reacting to what is available and what other clubs are doing.
“Secondly, you hear his [Boehly] name too much and he is too prominent. You look at what Manchester City and Liverpool are doing, [Txiki] Begiristain at City is their sporting director.
“Some people might not even know that. Some people do know that, but some people never even hear him, never even see him, but they get their business done quickly and efficiently.
“When clubs are working well, you don’t hear who is signing the players. You just sign them. Chelsea have got that sort of, Manchester United under The Glazers, Ed Woodward, ‘I am taking over, I am the man now’, ‘I am going to go out and basically buy the players’ and then they are linked with every player that Barcelona want, every player that City want, every player that United want.”
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