COLE PALMER’s nod for England will provide Manchester City with a bit of a stroke of luck.
Chelsea’s latest star broke former manager Pep Guardiola’s heart with a dramatic late penalty in Sunday’s 4-4 thriller at Stamford Bridge.
It was Palmer’s fourth goal for the Blues since their £40m initial transfer from City in the summer.
And his good form was rewarded with a first call-up to England’s newest senior team.
Palmer is hoping to make his debut in the European Championship qualifier against Malta on Friday.
If that doesn’t work, he will get another chance to play under Gareth Southgate in Monday’s game against North Macedonia.
And should Palmer feature in one of the Group C games, SunSport understands Chelsea City will have to make a small additional payment.
But it will be a modest sum as the total of all add-ons as part of the £40m deal was around £2.5m.
The rest of the fee is expected to be made up of appearances, goals and trophy wins related to Chelsea.
Thanks to his great start, Palmer has already become a favorite among fans and teammates.
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New coach Mauricio Pochettino particularly enjoys coaching the versatile striker, who can play either on the wing or as a number 10.
But he rejects comparisons between Palmer and former Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, insisting the new man is more like former Man United winger Angel Di Maria.
Pochettino said: “Juan Mata? No, he’s more Di Maria! You know, the body and the way he moves, I think he’s a smart guy who adapts very quickly.
“We are building a team and he quickly recognized the situation, accepted it, showed character and personality and then performed well.”
“We are so happy with him, but I think he still needs to improve. It is special for him to play against his former club and his teammates.
“We trust him. He needs to improve but he is showing real quality.
“It’s not fair to say it surprised me because he’s performing now and he didn’t play too much at City.
“We are two different clubs with different ambitions and goals. Maybe Chelsea is a really good fit for Cole.”