Pundit Don Hutchison has dropped an interesting suggestion on why Manchester City are apparently selling Cole Palmer to Chelsea.

It was reported yesterday that the Citizens had agreed a deal with the west London club to sell the winger in a deal worth a fee around £40m-£45m.

Following this, one pundit has piped up with a claim concerning why the treble winners have apparently decided to sell the Englishman.

Hutchison shares what he’s heard about Palmer

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Speaking in a recent video on the ESPN FC YouTube channel, Hutchison had this to say about why City could be letting Palmer leave the club.

He said: “I’ll try and be kind here, from what I hear, I think he’s not great away from the training ground, that might be a reason why they might be selling him.” 

Having made 41 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side in all competitions, this doesn’t suggest that anyone at the club has had concerns about Palmer’s ability on the field away from the training ground.

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In fact, the winger has shown this season how capable he is in terms of playing in big games by scoring against Arsenal in the Community Shield and the equalising goal that led to City beating Sevilla on penalties in the Super Cup.

In terms of why the club have apparently agreed to sell the 21-year-old to Chelsea, they may feel that such a significant transfer fee for a player that isn’t a regular starter is something they wouldn’t be able to turn down.

Moving forward, if Palmer does end up joining Chelsea, he’ll hopefully have the chance to prove to Hutchison, or anyone else that doubts his ability, that he is more than a training ground player.

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