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"I'm Amazed" - Chelsea And Manchester United Blasted For Missing Out On €15m Bargain This Summer

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"I'm Amazed" - Chelsea And Manchester United Blasted For Missing Out On €15m Bargain This Summer

Bargains are hard to find in this climate of big spending, but if former Bologna sporting director Walter Sabatini is to be believed, a number of Premier League sides missed out on one this summer by not taking a chance on André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

The versatile midfielder was relegated with Fulham at the end of last season, but he showed glimpses of talent throughout that campaign in spite of his team's struggles.

That's why it was slightly odd that no Premier League side opted to take a risk on Anguissa, who was instead allowed to leave Craven Cottage to link up with Napoli on a loan deal.

The 25-year-old has impressed in Italy, playing 10 times already for his new side, whoreportedly want the player to join on a permanent basis.

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According to Sabatini, who watched his fair share of Serie A football in his previous role at Bologna, the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United could have bolstered their ranks by adding Anguissa this summer.

"I'm happy with what [Napoli] is doing: the Anguissa deal was fantastic," he told Calcio Napoli 24 TV, relayed by Tuttomercatoweb.

"I don't understand how nobody in the Premier League has noticed him. I'm amazed that top English clubs like United or Chelsea didn't come in on a Fulham player sooner."

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You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone arguing that Manchester United couldn't do with a player like Anguissa in their squad, especially in light of the criticism that Fred and Scott McTominay have faced in recent weeks.

Anguissa's defensive acumen and energy in the middle could be of value to many - if not most - Premier League teams, with the player still available for a reported €15 million.

However, given Napoli's keenness to keep the former Marseille man, it's unlikely that we'll see him feature in the Premier League for a while.

Topics: Chelsea, Manchester United, Serie A, Premier League, Napoli, Fulham

Tom Fenton
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