Gary Neville slams Todd Boehly for playing Football Manager with Chelsea

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has slammed new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly for "playing football manager" in the transfer window.

Following a defensive exodus with Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger heading to La Liga on the expiration of their contracts, Boehly acted swiftly to add long-standing target Kalidou Koulibaly for a cool £33million, whilst also strengthening in critical areas.

Top target Raheem Sterling joined from Premier League champions Manchester City for £47.5m whilst the Blues have recently acquired ex-Aston Villa teenager Carney Chukwuemeka for £20m, showing the American businessman certainly isn't afraid to splash the cash in the market.

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Also linked with mega-money deals for Barcelona ace Frenkie de Jong and Brighton star Marc Cucurella, former Man Utd captain Neville has now taken a swipe at Boehly for playing the window like a computer game.

"The American guy Boehly, looks like he wants to play Football Manager," said Neville on The Overlap YouTube series. "He's wandering around a little bit and they're a bit panicky now. You're wondering 'oh they're coming in for [Frenkie] de Jong this morning' because he feels like he has to do something, that pressure is on him.

"He wouldn't have had that pressure if he'd have kept the people that have been there before and just let them operate for a year or two, but it'll be an interesting season for Chelsea. Obviously, they've lost a few defenders as well. They might even lose more to Barcelona."

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After already nabbing Christensen, the Catalan giants are seemingly keen to raid the Blues once more with Marcos Alonso and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta on Xavi's wish list. The duo both have just 12 months remaining on their current deals at Stamford Bridge but Chelsea are unwilling to lose any more defenders and have told Azpilicueta and Alonso they are not for sale.

"They're [Chelsea] almost like bouncing around because it feels like he [Todd Boehly] has to do something, added Neville. "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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