How can Chelsea spend so much in the middle of a pandemic?

Everything indicates that after Chilwell (€ 56m), Werner (60) and Ziyech (40), Havertz will be the next to arrive in London. A superlative expense in the midst of the crisis.


Chelsea had a route plan, forming a super team in the summer of 2020 after the drought caused by the FIFA sanction that did not allow them to register players for two windows. Once the ban was revoked, those of Roman Abramovich have landed on the market like an elephant in a china shop, making a lot of noise. First it was Hakim Ziyech, 40 million euros to Ajax through, then Timo Werner, who was removed from Leipzig for 60 million reasons, and now the desired Ben Chilwell. In addition, the investment does not stop there, the € 56 million deposited in the coffers of Leicester by the side will be followed by another strong outlay, which will be made, a priori, by Kai Havertz (80 + 20). But how is it possible that Lampard's people can afford such spending in a market marked by cuts and the coronavirus? A report by The Athletic explains it.

Roman Abramovich

The first and foremost reason came to London 17 years ago, Roman Abramovich. The Russian tycoon changed the history of Chelsea with his arrival in the capital and his fortune continues to support the blue project. However, the 152nd richest person in the world, according to Forbes, contributed more than 270 million euros out of pocket during the 2018-19 financial year to help finance team costs (Chelsea announced losses of more than € 110 million during that year. course). Therefore, the financial crisis brought by the hand of COVID-19 has not affected Stamford Bridge as much.

Without problems with the financial Fair Play

The losses of 2018-19, even being covered by Abramovich, would pose a problem to comply with the financial Fair Play. However, the money received in 2019-20 corresponding to the sales of Eden Hazard and Álvaro Morata, to Madrid and Atleti, respectively, assured them almost € 130 million, thus setting aside the yoke of FIFA. In addition, all transfers made in the present will be included in the accounts for the 2020-21 season onwards. In fact, a common practice is to split payments over years, like Timo Werner's, which is split evenly over five years, easing the annual spending pressure.

Problems of the rest

Finally, the third key to this strong outlay goes hand in hand with the first, the financial muscle of the owner of Chelsea. With the rest of the clubs plagued by financial problems, see the dismissals of Arsenal, the blue organization is not under any pressure from the club. All this is helping to avoid bidding wars, such as the one that could have lived with Chilwell, who has ended up dating for € 56 million, instead of the more than 80 with those who were off the hook in Leicester. A year ago, without going any further, United had to pay that amount to sign Harry Maguire.

Same case as with Havertz. Although the 80 + 20 million is a strong amount, Leverkusen asked for more than 100 without variables, at first, and they have ended up giving in to the absence of competition in the war for their still player. That is to say, Chelsea is taking advantage of the problems of the rest to give Lampard a squad that can fight face to face with City and Liverpool in England and with the rest of the European giants in the Champions League. Right place and time, they say. And money, a lot of money.

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