Now this is where things start to get interesting.
By no means is it a done deal, nor by any means a sure thing, but at least we know we’ve got a good starting point, and it’s not exactly out of the realms of possibility either.
According to a report from Football Insider, former Blues man Che Adams is set to be available this summer for as little as £10m, which is less than the £15m that we let him go for in the summer. And that fee puts him pretty much in our price range.
I’ve said before that the two areas that need addressing the most are up front and in goal, and if his track record with us is anything to go by, then that would certainly be the answer to our problems, especially if Scott Hogan doesn’t get his loan deal turned into a permanent one.
There are two problems standing in the way I see it, although one will be easier to overcome than the other.
Is Che Adams a realistic option for the Blues?
The first one is going to be the transfer fee. Now seeing as we could be on course for a major windfall when it comes to the sale of Jude Bellingham, as much as £30m, then this should be more than enough to cover not only Adams’ transfer fee but also a large chunk of his wages. With enough still left over to hopefully make up for the loss of revenue that could also come our way.
The other problem is going to be if he’s willing to take the step back down from the Premier League to the Championship. The only thing that we can potentially offer him is by pointing to his track record and saying ‘look, you clearly work here, let’s get you back with Lukas Jutkiewicz, and with you two up top, we’ll get back to the Premier League in no time’. Either that, or we would have to really break the bank in terms of wages to convince him to come down.
As I said, it’s not going to be easy, but I think if we really are serious about getting promoted any time soon, then this is the kind of gamble that we need to be making.
What about you? Do you think that we can or should be able to make a move to bring Adams back? Or do you think it isn’t feasible, or should just look elsewhere?