Todd Boehly ‘Cristiano Ronaldo meeting’ fires Chelsea transfer warning over future plans

Todd Boehly’s active engagement in Chelsea’s transfer business is not a cause for concern.

It was one of those stories that you had to read multiple times before you believed it. Todd Boehly, Chelsea’s new co-owner and temporary sports director, met with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes on Saturday evening.

According to The Athletic, Boehly met with Mendes last week to discuss the possible transfer of Ronaldo, who has one year left on his contract at Old Trafford. Although some on social media have interpreted this news as a guarantee of a deal or reason for public fear, this reading is really stupid.


As has been reported since, Chelsea were offered the chance to sign Ronaldo, rather than the player being one of the Blues main targets, as Raheem Sterling has become in recent weeks.

Already other clubs have apparently been offered the chance too by Mendes, with some suggestions that this is a tactic to force Manchester United to act in the transfer market. Who knows why this report came out or who leaked it, but on a positive note for Chelsea fans, it shows how active Boehly is in his new role.

Meeting a highly influential agent like Mendes should not be a cause for concern, it is what you’d expect a sporting director of an elite club to be doing. Mendes has a lot of clients, some of whom Chelsea may have a longer-term interest in.

In the case of Ronaldo, a deal remains exceedingly doubtful, and given the widespread acceptance of Thomas Tuchel’s influence over any transfer this window, the German would have to approve a move for the 37-year-old. Even with his legendary legacy, signing Ronaldo would be a dumb decision considering where those funds might be spent on a roster in desperate need of repair.

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However, the conference should be well welcomed. This is a critical step for Boehly in putting Chelsea’s long-term transfer plans into motion and putting the club ahead of European competitors for top targets. This was always going to be a one-of-a-kind summer, full with rumours and activity as a result of such a seismic shift at Stamford Bridge.

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