Having signed Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona before the World Cup, Chelsea have once again raided Camp Nou. This time it’s youth winger Josi Quintero that has signed for Jose Mourinho’s side, agreeing a three-year-deal.
The 17-year-old had been training with The Blues for a while before signing the deal. He has impressed Mourinho and his coaching staff enough to finalise the move but is expected to start with the reserves next season.
Ecuadorian youth international Quintero is the latest of an early transfer flurry from Chelsea. He joins big money signings Fabregas and Diego Costa. While The former-Arsenal pass-master joined before a ball was kicked in Brazil, Costa waited until after Spain were knocked out, which was only a few days later.
Chelsea are planning on bringing in Costa’s former Atletico team-made Filipe Luis next, which would take spending up to over £80 million with the transfer window open for barely two weeks. Reinforcements were needed though, with long-term players Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole leaving this summer. This only served to weaken a side that struggled to keep up with high scoring rivals Liverpool and Manchester City last season.
The Blues are expected to recoup a little of the money spent with the sales of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. Meanwhile Monaco are trying to tempt Chelsea to part ways with Petr Cech as they finally look to be ready to give Thibaut Courtois his Premier League chance.