Neville mocks ‘kid in sweet shop’ Boehly over Chelsea transfer strategy in Man Utd comparison

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Gary Neville smiling Credit: PA Images
Gary Neville smiling Credit: PA Images

Gary Neville has mocked Chelsea owner Todd Boehly over his transfer strategy this summer, claiming he’s acting like a ‘kid in a sweet shop’.

Chelsea will have spent close to £250m on six additions when Wesley Fofana is officially anounced and Boehly reportedly has plenty of irons left in the fire as the end of the transfer window approaches.

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A shock report on Tuesday claimed they are close to agreeing a €90m deal with RB Leipzig for Josko Gvardiol, who would remain with the Bundesliga side on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Blues are still trying to secure the return of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Premier League, while rumours over moves for Wilfried Zaha, Frenkie de Jong and Cristiano Ronaldo won’t go away.

Anthony Gordon, Harry Maguire and many, many others have been linked with Stamford Bridge this summer.

A dodgy start to the season which has seen Chelsea win just two of their five Premier League games so far has perhaps highlighted their need for reinforcements, but Neville isn’t impressed by Boehly’s strategy.

In response to a tweet from John Terry, in which the Chelsea legend criticised the Blues’ display in their 2-1 defeat to Southampton on Tuesday, Neville – with reference to former United vice-chairman Ed Woodward – quipped: ‘Your man Todd Woodward needs to stop wandering round like a kid in a sweet shop.’

Explaining himself after a Chelsea fan’s response, Neville added: ‘It’s just scattergun and unsustainable. I doubt this approach will go well.’

It’s not the first time Neville has compared Boehly’s approach with that of United under the Glazers and Woodward.

Earlier this month, he told the Overlap: “Chelsea have got that sort of, Manchester United under the Glazers, Ed Woodward, ‘I’m taking over, I’m the man now, I’m going to go out and basically buy the players’ and then they’re linked with every player that Barcelona want, every player that City want, every player that United want.

“They’re almost like bouncing around because it feels like he [Todd Boehly] has to do something. I’m hearing his name too much. It feels like, it’s not to be disrespectful, you know he’s a prominent guy, he’s just bought the club and everything.

“He’s fronted a fund that’s paid two and a half billion quid, but to get rid of all that football operation that’s been unbelievable for that many years and come in and do it yourself, it does feel like Ed Woodward that to me. We’ll see it develop.”

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