A report in FourFourTwo magazine indicates that Cole Palmer’s demand of Pep Guardiola for more minutes led to his departure from Manchester City. The young winger was sold to Chelsea in a surprise move as the transfer window drew to a close.
Ryan Dabbs reporting for FourFourTwo indicates that the young winger met with the City manager to discuss his role in the squad. He adds that Cole Palmer’s demand for more minutes, especially after Riyad Mahrez left the club couldn’t be promised by Pep Guardiola. Furthermore, Dabbs adds that after this meeting Palmer’s mind was made up to seek a move elsewhere. Chelsea then swooped in to sign the winger. Fabrizio Romano reported a fee of £40 million plus £5 million add-ons clinched the deal.
The summer arrival of Jeremy Doku also may have blocked the England youth internationals’ path to the first-team. As both players play similar roles there would have been competition between the two for a role in Guardiola’s squad.
Another factor that may have played into the treble winners’ thinking is the development of Oscar Bobb. City’s young Norwegian starlet has been training with the first team this pre-season. Bobb has been the City Academy Player of the Year the past two seasons and appears ready for the next step in his career.
All of these factors no doubt have led to the City Academy star leaving the club. Now the move is complete Manchester City have moved on from Palmer as he looks to continue his career with Chelsea.