January 19, 2024

According to football.london, Tottenham Hotspur and Club Brugge are in talks about Antonio Nusa’s possible signing. The 18-year-old Norwegian international is one of Europe’s most promising wide talents, and Chelsea has previously made attempts to sign him.


Nusa would relocate to Brugge and remain there until the end of the season before traveling to London for the preseason in the summer. Timo Werner has already been brought in by Ange Postecoglou on loan with a buyout option, but if a deal for Nusa is successful, it might not be as advantageous to maintain the German international.


Chelsea hasn’t done any major business in January, though, since many Premier League teams are wary of the Profit and Sustainability Regulations in the wake of the allegations against Everton and Nottingham Forest. The Blues’ chances of challenging Spurs for their earlier objective, Nusa, appear remote given the enormous sums of money they have already spent.


Mykhailo Mudryk of Shakhtar Donetsk was among the early arrivals under Todd Boehly’s tutelage as Chelsea edged out Arsenal in the final seconds. Chelsea paid a hefty price to seal the deal, and as a result, players like Christopher Nkunku, Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson, and Noni Madueke have started to arrive in west London.


Chelsea’s outlay is sure to come under scrutiny because UEFA Champions League money is still unlikely to materialize this season, and the performance of their forwards hasn’t done much to justify the enormous investment. It makes sense that Chelsea’s detractors would point to Spurs’ potential to close a smart financial deal for Nusa.


Madueke has already been connected to a departure, Nkunku has had serious recurring injury issues, and Mudryk has so far failed to impress. Palmer’s performance has given the recruitment team some respite, but it will not look good if Nusa establishes a reputation for himself in North London.


Additionally, Spurs are competitive for Champions League slots this season, and with Harry Kane’s departure in the summer, a comparison between the two London teams and their potential finishes will be a harsh critique of the west London team’s operations. The loss to Middlesbrough in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final has further increased the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino.


Chelsea must find some quiet amid the chaos. Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem like that reprieve will come from the January window.


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