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Potter to be given ‘time’ following Chelsea spending splurge

Graham Potter is set to be given time at Chelsea following the club’s record-breaking spend on transfers.

Chelsea invested huge money during the January transfer window on eight new signings, including a British record £106.8m deal for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

 

The club’s spending has now surpassed £500m under new owner Todd Boehly, who has backed the west Londoners with the finances to conduct an extensive rebuild. According to The Guardian, the American owner is prepared to take a patient approach and will give Graham Potter time to mould the new arrivals into a successful team.

Chelsea want to give Potter a full pre-season with the squad and allow the head coach to move on those who do not feature in his plans. Jorginho was a high-profile exit after leaving for Arsenal on deadline day, while Hakim Ziyech is expected to leave despite seeing a move to PSG collapse.

Romelu Lukaku, Christian Pulisic, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mateo Kovacic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will also be allowed to leave if suitable offers arrive.

Chelsea’s spending has raised questions as to how the club will pass Financial Fair Play regulations, particularly if the club miss out on Champions League qualification. The Blues’ spend in January was more than each of Europe’s other top five leagues combined and Potter’s side are currently tenth in the Premier League after just two wins from their last 11 league games.

In order to navigate FFP, Chelsea have handed out long deals to their new recruits. Fernandez and Mykhaylo Mudryk have each signed eight-and-a-half year deals at Stamford Bridge, allowing the club to use amortisation – the action or process of gradually writing off the initial cost of an asset – to spread the investment over a longer period.

UEFA, however, have responded to this with a change of rules and will bring in a maximum of five-year periods for transfer fees from this summer’s window.

Read – Rating every Premier League club’s January transfer window

Read Also – Ranking the most expensive Premier League players ever

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