Chelsea chasing Matej Vydra?

Richard Heathcote

If you've been following the Championship at all this season, you'll be aware of on-loan Udiense forward Matej Vydra, who scored 20 goals in the league for Gianfranco Zola's Watford, winning the Championship Player of the Year award along the way. Now Tutto Mercato are linking the 21-year-old to Chelsea.

Apparently, the Blues have offered €16 million to Udinese for Vydra's services, but he's not going anywhere for less than 18. I don't have a problem with spending that kind of money on young forwards who've never played in a top league -- Romelu Lukaku was a pretty decent buy, in my opinion -- but this seems completely over the top for me.

Opinions vary on Vydra. Obviously he had an excellent season, but it's not difficult to imagine him struggling to adapt to a higher level. He's all pace and finishing, which is a fine combination, but he's going to have far more difficulty with Premier League level defences than he does in the Championship, and he might not be able to make the step up at all (let alone be a Chelsea-calibre player). I'd baulk, hard, at Udinese's asking price, were I Michael Emenalo, especially because we can't expect him to significantly improve the team next season.

Is the supposed Chelsea interest even real? Vydra's agent is being coy:

I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up being all noise and no substance, to be honest. Vydra's stock is probably as high as it'll ever be -- he's young, clearly talented and he hasn't hit any of the roadblocks we might expect a player of his style to eventually encounter just yet. That means that pretty much everyone should avoid trying to acquire him. These sorts of players are almost always overpays, and the upside just isn't worth it, at least for me. Your mileage may vary.

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