Marina Granovskaia has £20m Premier League incentive to chase Diogo Jota repeat for Chelsea


Few players probably summarise the gap in success between Chelsea and Liverpool in the transfer market than Diogo Jota. In September, Jota, signed from Wolves for £40m, proved to be a highly productive addition to Jurgen Klopp's already prolific attack.

He has scored 13 goals from 30 appearances in his first season at Liverpool would have made him Chelsea's top scorer for the 2020/21 season.

 Nine in the league, which is more than any other Chelsea attacker managed last season too, it took the Portuguese attacker little time to settle into life at Anfield. Jota has already beaten last season's goal total, 17 in all competitions heading into Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.

Jota's almost seamless transition from Wolves reflects the clarity in Liverpool's approach to recruitment and the suitability the 25-year-old provides to Jurgen Klopp's system.

 In the same period at Chelsea , a host of attacking additions have found the trick for such a quick adaptation hard to come by. As we approach this summer transfer window and the futures of several Chelsea attackers appears unclear, the prospect of bringing a new face in is a risky move.

Particularly given Chelsea's evident struggle to integrate over £300m worth of attacking talent since 2019, spending more could only fuel more confusion and uncertainty. However, Jota's success shows at Liverpool is the value of buying within the Premier League. Jota at Wolves had proven capable of impacting games within England's top tier.

Although a change in scenery and expectation remains, Jota did not find the pace and physicality of the league a massive shock after exceeding in a stylistically different league. Chelsea have found great joy in buying from within the league or recruiting players who have previous experience in it.

Across the previous two title wins, players such as Cesc Fabregas, Loic Remy, N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and David Luiz all provided quality in the market. Very recently, Ben Chilwell has proven this theory true with his quick integration into life at Stamford Bridge.

A Premier League attacker Chelsea have been linked to recently is Leeds star Raphinha. The Brazillian scored his ninth league goal of the season last Sunday against Manchester United and scored against Chelsea back in December.

Recently a report from Football Transfers has claimed that Raphinha, valued at around £36m by TransferMarkt , has a relegation clause in his contract that could significantly drop any fee.

 The report states the Brazilian would be available for as little as £20m if Leeds are relegated this season. Marcelo Bielsa's side currently sits on 23 points, five clear of Watford in 18th but have lost six of their last ten games.

Should they go down, it would be remarkable if the Yorkshire club could keep ahold of their talismanic winger. Marina Granovskaia has some absolutely huge decisions to make regarding the future of Chelsea's squad under Thomas Tuchel this summer. If Leeds were to go down – jumping on this clause feels like a no-brainer.

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