A new Chelsea transfer policy: Signing fast and frivolously or getting it right

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images) /

Pride of London attempts to explain why Todd Boehly’s administration appears to favour getting it right, as opposed to merely signing new Chelsea players quickly. Evidently this notion is the only option to mention because no signings, free or otherwise, have been made. Before we discuss and investigate the current philosophy and compare it to the past administration, let’s briefly look at the latest ‘news’. Arguably, a more befitting phrase to use there is rumours, but nonetheless, the hearsay is still worth examining. The continuous Romelu Lukaku saga is unravelling by the day; Pride of London consult football.london’s report for more information.

Today (a scorching Friday in the United Kingdom) the outlet publish more on the striker’s desire to rejoin Inter Milan, his previous club. Completing the loan switch is undoubtedly the most suitable outcome for both sides, and of course the Belgium international. A permanent transfer would be my ultimate recommendation to the Blues. Yet, clearly, the West London outfit rate and admire Lukaku. Along with presumably believing he has more to offer the Premier League. Negotiations are progressing, with Inter said to be preparing a higher fee.

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Signing players quickly or getting it right: a new Chelsea transfer theory

Apparently the Italians are willing to appease CFC by offering Denzel Dumfries. If il Biscione are allowed to secure their target, they shall reportedly let Chelsea get their own for a lower price. While Dumfries would be a solid addition at Stamford Bridge, with Cesar Azpilicueta likely leaving, there are many more incoming players needed on Fulham Road. As the athlete in question is a (presumably) scouted defender, he would ideally boost the ailing roster.

What of other men Thomas Tuchel wants, and what is Chelsea’s contemporary transfer policy? First of all, let’s investigate what Roman Abramovich’s general strategy was in the market, or how his operatives worked. Essentially the blockbuster capture was coveted by the outfit under the Russian – and overall it worked. Prestigious trophies were amassed and the team became a European leader.

However, splashing so much cash meant approximately half of the marquee acquisitions were unsuccessful. In other cases, high profile or extremely promising elite up-and-comers were signed and promptly loaned to develop. An army of loanees was developed over 10-15 years; few of which became Blues mainstays or prominent personnel.

Occasionally it felt as though some of the new faces were even recruited just to thwart other big six sides from recruiting certain players themselves. Whilst the hoarding notion is just that, a theory, we can now expect an entirely different, more prudent approach from the Clearlake Capital and Todd Boehly group.

By analysing Boehly’s successful impact with LA Dodgers, we might perhaps have a clearer impression of the business model. Modern ownership is expected to be more considered and “focused” with regards to methods in the markets. Rather than prioritising star-seeking or gambles and frivolous expenditure, buying younger talent whom can hopefully succeed in the first XI or create profit is a potential direction.

The American businessman managed to reverse the fortunes of a then financially struggling Dodgers franchise into a powerhouse on the baseball field, and in their accounts department. Profits from shrewd dealings were reinvested into players and payroll, with consequent prosperity at the ball park. In the process, and most relevantly, the outfit ‘eclipsed the New York Yankees as biggest spenders’ in the sport. Not to mention the local community benefitting, and stadium redevelopment transpiring.

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It is widely reportedly that Tuchel will have access to £200million for transfers this summer. Therefore PoL remains expectant of very good additions at the Bridge. So don’t panic, Chels’ supporters!