Footy Extras

Chelsea also had €18m Augsburg signing on winter transfer shortlist

Chelsea and Wolves were interested in landing Ricardo Pepi from the MLS side FC Dallas, but the star opted to head to the Bundesliga with Markus Weinzierl’s Augsburg, according to German publication Bild.

He came up through the youth set-up at the American club and made nearly 60 first-team appearances for the Toros before opting to head to Europe.

The 19-year-old striker caught the eye with his showings in the Major League Soccer and a host of elite clubs took notice of the ace’s potential.

In a surprise switch, Ricardo picked Fuggerstadter as his next destination in the game, with the German outfit shattering their transfer record.

However, he could have landed in England and was wanted by the Blues and Bruno Lage’s side.

The attacker was conscious of furthering his development when switching to Europe and decided the Bavarian club provided the proper avenue.

He burst onto the scene with a stellar 2021 campaign in the American top-flight, playing 31 matches for a return of 13 goals.

The talent completed his move in the first week of January and made his debut for them the previous weekend in a defeat to Hoffenheim.