After two seasons at Sassuolo, the second of which has been particularly impressive — including a career high eight goals — former Chelsea prospect Jérémie Boga is a wanted man. He’s certainly expected to leave in the next transfer window. Where might end up is slightly less obvious however.
Teams from France (Stade Rennais), Germany (Borussia Dortmund), and Italy (Napoli, Atalanta, AS Roma, AC Milan, and perhaps others) have all been linked to varying degrees. And then there’s of course Chelsea’s buy-back option, which was included in the bargain-level £3.5m transfer two years ago.
With a wealth of options to choose from, Boga’s agent (and brother), Daniel Boga certainly has all the pieces necessary to create an advantageous situation for his client. While Sassuolo’s profits are mostly limited by the buyback — which Chelsea may use for a quick flip, even — Boga stands to come out well ahead in this potential bidding war.
Assuming he makes the right choices.
“He made himself the protagonist of a good season. As for AC Milan, I have not yet had contact with them. I don’t know if they are really interested in Jérémie.
“You have to look at what the sporting project will be, but Milan is a great club. It can always be interesting.”
Other reports claim that Boga wants to stay in Italy and Milan are ready to make a move with a €20m bid, which is higher than Chelsea’s buyback of €10-15m (latter probably closer to the truth, both have been reported). The ball’s thus in Chelsea’s court.
“This, at the moment, I can’t tell you [whether Chelsea will exercise the clause].”
-Daniel Boga; source: CalcioMercato via Google Translate
It would seem that Chelsea have very little to lose by activating the buyback, either to bring Boga back (if he’s willing), or collect a bit of profit by selling him on to the highest bidder.