Already very active in the off-season, Chelsea has dynamited the winter transfer window with nearly 330 million euros spent. Insane investments from the English club, which only sold one player during the month of January.
What stung Todd Boehly?
It is customary to say that the winter transfer window is a transfer window of adjustments. You have to believe that not all clubs have the same definition. If Paris Saint-Germain has paid 0 euros to strengthen its workforce, this is not the case for Chelsea.
€611.49 million over the entire financial year!
In addition to having played a bad trick on the champion of France with Hakim Ziyech, the London team spent lavishly. Remember the 281.99 million euros spent in the offseason to attract Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Sionina. A few months ago, these investments caused a lot of talk. Obviously not enough to worry Todd Boehly.
In January, the new owner of the Blues agreed to pay, excluding bonuses, the tidy sum of … 329.5 million euros. Never had a team achieved such madness during the season. The investment record for a financial year (summer and winter transfer window included), dating back to 2020-2021, with 247.2 million euros released, has been largely beaten. Taking into account the last two windows, the resident of Stamford Bridge paid 611.49 million euros!
Fernandez, 6th most expensive player in history
To forget recent disappointing months, Chelsea have completed their biggest and most expensive purchase in Premier League history with the arrival of Enzo Fernandez from Benfica for 121 million euros. The Argentinian midfielder has also become the sixth most expensive player behind Neymar (€222m at Paris SG), Kylian Mbapp (€180m at Paris SG), Philippe Coutinho (€160m at Bara), Ousmane Dembl (€145m M€ at Bara) and Joao Flix (127.2 M€ at Atletico).
Besides the world champion, the Blues have landed Myhaylo Mudryk for 70 million euros, which could be added 30 million euros in bonuses. Benot Badiashile (€38m), Noni Madueke (€35m), Malo Gusto (€30m), Andrey Santos (€12.5m), David Dietro Fofana (€12m) and Joao Flix (loan of €11m) €) all arrived at the same time, almost anonymously, to reinforce the staff managed by Graham Potter.
A single sale
To circumvent financial fair play, Chelsea had the good idea to play with the rules by signing very long-term contracts, sometimes until June 2031, to spread the payments over several years. In terms of sales, there has been almost nothing since only Jorginho, cd for 11.3 million euros Arsenal, Tuesday, brought some money to the wealthy American businessman. It remains to be seen what Chelsea will do with a team where the positions have been tripled…
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