February 25, 2024

Trevoh Chalobah may leave Chelsea for Manchester United, according to sources, but Fabrizio Romano is hesitant because the Premier League powerhouse is reportedly considering other center-back options.


Those Trevoh Chalobah connections feel a little strange at a time when some of Europe’s most gifted young defenders—Jarrad Branthwaite, Goncalo Inacio, Giorgio Scalvini, and Jean-Clair Todibo, to name just four—appear to be on Manchester United’s radar.


Chalobah was again left out of the squad for Sunday’s crazy 4–4 tie between Man City and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which is especially concerning given that the Chelsea manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has not thought the player good enough to play even a minute of football this season.


The £45 million-rated Chalobah, according to Romano, will be leaving West London in January. However, based on conversations with insiders familiar with Manchester United’s winter preparations, Romano does not anticipate Chalobah to emulate Mason Mount.

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Trevoh Chalobah, who was a summer transfer target for both Bayern Munich and Nottingham Forest, is one player who is anticipated to leave Chelsea, Romano tells Caught Offside. “He’s still not in the starting lineup, so I fully anticipate him leaving Stamford Bridge in January.


“Yet, the recent rumors linking Chalobah with Manchester United haven’t convinced me.” Because he is leaving Chelsea and Manchester United wants to sign a center-back, it looks like simple “guess work” to me. To be honest, I don’t know of anything specific there. As of right now, there are no negotiations. “There has been no mention of Chalobah.”


Jean-Clair Todibo could be United bound

Over the weekend, United is said to have scouted Inacio. The Portugal international was sent off, though, and Sporting Lisbon endured their own Bayern Munich “99” moment against fierce rivals Benfica, winning 2-1 thanks to two goals from the hosts in stoppage time.


Conversely, Branthwaite just recently agreed to a new deal with Everton.


Todibo is thought to be the most attainable purchase as a result. Last week, the fantastic Muppetiers YouTube channel hinted that Todibo is “very likely” to be Man United’s next acquisition at center back, maybe to take Raphael Varane’s place on a long-term basis.


The Ineos connection—Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the owner of Nice, is expected to assume an initial 25% stake in Manchester United—should facilitate any possible negotiations.

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