Former Wolves target Benoit Badiashile has today completed a move to Chelsea.
The central defender has moved to Stamford Bridge from AS Monaco, signing a huge seven-and-a-half-year deal.
Badiashile has signed for the Blues, who have paid around £35 million for his transfer.
The left-footed star becomes their third addition of the window, as owner Todd Boehly seeks to bolster the squad for manager Graham Potter.
It’s been a bad start to the season for Chelsea in the Premier League. They currently sit 10th in the table.
Despite having the fourth-best defensive record so far, they’ve swooped for highly-rated youngster Badiashile – and watching him will be interesting as he was supposedly someone on Wolves’ radar not too long ago.
Back in January 2022, Wanderers were reported to be showing interest in him, as well as Duje Caleta-Car, who now plays for Southampton.
Wolves didn’t end up moving for him. It was a quiet window in the end, with Chiquinho the most notable incoming.
A few months after those links, Badiashile admitted that he had been in contact with some English clubs about a potential move to the Premier League.
It was never revealed if Wolves were one.
Benoit Badiashile will make for interesting viewing, as former Wolves target signs for Chelsea
It is actually slightly disappointing from a Wolves perspective to see Badiashile make this move to Chelsea.
There were no indications that Wolves wanted to go back in for him, which is a shame.
Badiashile is a terrific young player, who’s great on the ball and physically imposing.
He would have made a great addition for Wolves.
That said, it can be argued right now that Wanderers need to be bringing in someone who is older and more experienced than the other options. Someone like Felipe of Atletico Madrid, or Craig Dawson for example.
But it will be very interesting to see how Badiashile gets on.
It will certainly not be easy for him in the beginning, with Potter having the likes of Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana, Trevoh Chalobah and Marc Cucurella at his disposal.