Former Chelsea defender, Frank Leboeuf, has expressed shock over the club’s decision to shun a move for Sofyan Amrabat on deadline day.
The Frenchman admitted that he expected his old club to hijack Manchester United’s deal to sign the Moroccan international.
United pursued the player’s signature all season but finally and finally landed him in the final hours of the transfer window.
Manchester United paid £8.5m (€10m) to sign the 27-year-old on a season-long loan with an option to make the deal permanent for £21.4m (€25m).
“When I see those kinds of players going to Manchester United… I often talk about Chelsea trying to find those experienced players in the middle of the park,” Leboeuf told ESPN.
“Why didn’t you think about that guy? He would have been the perfect player to pair with Enzo Fernandez.
“Yeah they got Moises Caicedo, but for over £100m! I see that guy going to United on loan, he can then be bought for [a total fee of] £30m. That would have been a bargain.
“He was amazing for Morocco at the last World Cup. He has proven his talent. Why don’t Chelsea think of these guys?
“He’s an experienced player. Why don’t Chelsea think of these kinds of players?!”