Chelsea have done the best transfer business again, says Man United legend
Paul Scholes runs the rule on Chelsea's transfer business
Paul Scholes reckons Chelsea have done the best business yet again in the most recent transfer window.
In what was a relatively quiet month of transfers for the biggest sides in Europe, Chelsea managed to seal some last-minute business.
The Blues completed a £23.3m swoop for Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado on deadline day and loaned out Mohammed Salah to the Italian side as part of the deal.
They seem to be clinical about it these days
Also on Monday, the league leaders sold Andre Schürrle to Wolfsburg for £22.5m and Ryan Bertrand to Southampton for £10m.
And Scholes was quick to give Chelsea credit for the deals they completed in the transfer window.
“There were not many surprises this time around and as usual it looks like Chelsea have done the best business,” Scholes wrote in his Independent column.
“They made a profit of around £7m on their trading, having sold Andre Schürrle and Ryan Bertrand and loaned out Mohamed Salah for a fee.
“They seem to be clinical about it these days. You knew that if it was Juan Cuadrado they wanted, they would get him.”
Despite joining Chelsea in the summer of 2013 and scoring eight goals last season, Schürrle fell down the pecking order in recent weeks, with Mourinho preferring Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard in his first team.
Salah joined the Blues in January 2014 but failed to establish himself at the club and he is widely tipped to be leaving Stamford Bridge permanently in the summer.
Meanwhile, Cuadrado had a very impressive five-and-a-half years in Serie A and was one of Colombia’s star players at last summer’s World Cup, catching the eye of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Although Scholes claimed the winger doesn’t have the best record in scoring goals or creating them, the United legend conceded that the new signing is a very efficient player.
“Looking at his stats, I’m not sure that over the course of his career he is an outstanding goalscorer or maker of assists,” added Scholes.
“A bit like Willian, he is one of those players who does not have the big numbers but he still manages to impress you with what he does.
“What is clear at Chelsea, however, is that if you do not perform you do not last long in the squad.”