Chelsea have suffered a transfer blow on deadline day, with Malang Sarr’s move to Le Havre falling through. According to Loic Tanzi of L’Equipe, Chelsea and Sarr failed to reach an agreement to end his contract.
The Blues hoped to terminate Sarr’s deal so Le Havre could sign him on a free transfer. But the 25-year-old failed to agree a mutual compensation package, so he remains a Chelsea player until 2025.
Sarr has struggled to settle at Stamford Bridge
Sarr joined the Blues from OGC Nice in 2020 and has gone on to make 21 appearances in all competitions. The Frenchman hasn’t played a game for Chelsea since 2022, instead being loaned out as he’s surplus to requirements. He spent 2020/21 with FC Porto (19 appearances) and 2022/23 with AS Monaco (17 appearances).
Sarr made every one of his 21 Chelsea appearances in 2021/22, though he spent more time on the bench. The 25-year-old was used sparingly by Thomas Tuchel and never returned to the first-team after the season ended. Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen were preferred in defence.
Chelsea need to stay in line with Financial Fair Play
Michael Pavitt of Mail Online said in September that Sarr earns £100k-per-week, despite having no appearance in two years. He’s taking home more than £5m-a-year while not playing, so Chelsea were desperate to get him off the books.
Chelsea must stay in line with Financial Fair Play after Todd Boehly’s £1bn spend, so they’re cashing in on deadwood. Sarr won’t leave, however, so it appears he’ll run his contract down until the summer of 2025. That means he’ll have spent five years in West London, earning over £25m for just 21 appearances.
Sarr will go down as a very costly flop, as Chelsea won’t get a transfer fee or a pay cut agreed.