Director of Football Michael Emenalo is not looking to run another Loan Army at AS Monaco. He left his pet project behind when he left Chelsea back in November. Instead, he’s simply snapping up young talent as per the usual m.o. of the Principality side. The pathway to the first-team there is a lot shorter than at Chelsea, after all.
Having flipped Fabinho for a cool €50m and Thomas Lemar for even more already this summer, he’s turned around and spent an eyebrow-raising €20m on 16-year-old Willem Geubbels from Lyon and is now looking to add 17-year-old Jonathan Panzo from Chelsea.
Monaco et Chelsea sont tombés d’accord pour un transfert de J. Panzo (17 ans - défenseur central). L’ASM espère boucler ça vite #Mercato— Loïc Tanzi (@Tanziloic) June 25, 2018
Alas, we’re not going to collect anywhere near that amount. The first-year scholar is set to command about €3m (with possible bonuses) and save for any “gentlemen's agreements” (as rumored in the case of Bertrand Traore), there cannot be any buyback clauses as per French FA regulations.
Seems to be reported as €3m plus add-ons. He's not on a pro deal but he's on a scholarship that Chelsea can opt to extend to a third year (would be 19-20), ensuring themselves some money. Unless it's all been negotiated amicably, which it might have been.— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) June 25, 2018
According to RMC, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Valencia were interested as well, but Monaco probably had the inside track thanks to Emenalo.
Borussa, Frankfurt, Valencia are also interested in him.— Joost (@joomyt) June 25, 2018
Fee : €3m+bonus
Panzo, a towering central defender, was one of England’s best players as they won the U17 World Cup in October and now, like Harvey St Clair just a few days ago, he’s opted to switch to the express tracks as far as first-team prospects are concerned. It’s the unfortunate side effect of a well-stocked youth academy and very limited first-team opportunities and even fewer first-team places. That might change in the future, but for now, this is our reality.
And if you don't think the exposure of the U17 World Cup win has played a part in opening the eyes of those champions from England, then you're naive. Sancho went, Brewster highly considered it, Latibeaudiere is reportedly doing so, and now Panzo. More will follow too.— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) June 25, 2018
While the transfer is not yet official, it seems only a matter crossing and dotting and signing.
What consequences and why? They're going to big clubs and have a decent change of playing regular football right now. If it goes wrong, they've spent a year or two in a different environment, broadening their development, and still have options back at home.— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) June 25, 2018