Chelsea’s new ERA after Roman Abramovich is about to begin. The British government and the Premier League finally agreed to an offer by a consortium of American businessmen Todd Boehly with a value of 4.25 billion pounds, equivalent to IDR 78 trillion.
The Blues must move quickly square off rebuilding the squad to prepare for next season’s competition. Thomas Tuchel’s squad this season finished in third place behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
Big ambitions appear in the new owners in the transfer market this summer to catch up with City and Liverpool. Boehly is reportedly looking to take a more strategic and data-driven approach to player recruitment.
“We have to be quick and smart. The losses add up every day, of course while the top two teams (Liverpool and City) improve their teams and have a very clear team as to what they are building,” said Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel.
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The LA Dogders owner had previously promised to invest £1.75 billion in Chelsea over the next 10 years. However, a number of player contracts are currently also homework.
It has been confirmed that Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will leave Stamford Bridge on free transfers this summer. Captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s future is also in doubt at Chelsea.
Chelsea also need to offer new contracts for Mason Mount and Reece James. Agreements also need to be secured for N’Golo Kante and Jorginho as their contracts expire next summer.
For new players, Chelsea are reported to be signing Sevilla centre-back Jules Kunde to fill Rudiger’s position. The Blues are also eyeing RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku.
“It kind of rebuilds for us and makes things even more challenging,” added Tuchel.
The English Premier League brand, which is very global, is considered the main factor in Boehly’s interest in buying Chelsea because it provides great profit opportunities, one of which is broadcast revenue.
In recent weeks, Boehly has attended Chelsea games both in the boardroom and in the stands to impress his touch at Stamford Bridge.
However, the real challenge for Chelsea’s new regime is to emulate the success of the Abramovich era, which won 19 major trophies over nearly two decades. (AFP/BBC/Goal/Dhk/OL-09)