Chelsea were amongst a number of European giants who sent scouts to Lisbon to study Tuesday evening’s matchup between Benfica and Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig, for whom Ethan Ampadu is currently on loan at.
The tie between the German and Portuguese club finished 1-2 to RB Leipzig, with Timo Werner scoring a brace, and Seferović replying with six minutes to go. The Seferović goal wasn’t enough to clinch a point for the current Liga Nos Champions.
Chelsea were one of 26 clubs who sent scouts out to the Portuguese capital, with European giants Juventus, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan also sending staff out to watch this interesting tie. The likes of Watford, Bournemouth and Manchester United attended the match in the hope of finding a new hidden gem to potentially purchase in the near future.
What exactly were Chelsea looking for by sending scouts to this game? Chelsea are very keen on 19 year old Welsh international Ethan Ampadu, who’s currently spending this season on loan at Leipzig. Unfortunately, Ampadu failed to even make the bench, and has yet to play a single minute of competitive football under Julian Nagelsmann. I’m sure Chelsea didn’t travel to Portugal with their only intention being monitoring Ethan Ampadu however, by sending scouts to the ‘Estadio Sport Lisboa e Benfica’ it’s clear Chelsea were looking for some potential acquisitions for when the current transfer ban comes to an end.
Stamford Bridge’s scouts could’ve been scouting a number of players, for example 24 year old hot prospect Ruben Dias or Ferro, who, for me, is one of the best ball playing centre backs in world football. Ferro could be a realistic target this Summer considering his ball playing abilities and very low asking price (he’s currently valued at around €23M). Chelsea could also be preparing for the inevitable departure of Marcos Alonso by monitoring the current situation of young Spanish left back, Grimaldo, who’ll be wanted by many top European clubs during the Summer of 2020.
It’s no surprise that Chelsea sent scouts to watch Benfica considering Chelsea’s recent transfer relations with the Portuguese club. Chelsea signed former defensive midfield rock Nemanja Matic from Benfica during the 2013/2014 season and managed to purchase current Arsenal defender David Luiz two years prior.
Although Chelsea frequently send scouts to different games, I feel this is a sign that Chelsea are preparing to unleash the “war-chest” of money next Summer, and are currently monitoring what players to spend that money on, and boy, do some of these Benfica boys excite me.