Chelsea have accrued an incredible £141m from the sales of five players manager Jose Mourinho deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
Yesterday, the Blues received £28m from Everton on 21-year-old Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. That’s a club record transfer for the Toffees.
Chelsea fans won’t forget that another Belgian, Kevin De Bruyne started just two Premier League games for Chelsea following a £6.7m move from Genk, but was sold in January to Wolfsburg for a lucrative fee of £18m.
Also, Manchester United broke their transfer record to sign Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, Chelsea’s best player for two consecutive seasons for £37million in that same month.
Mata had only started 11 league games under Mourinho, one Champions League tie and two matches in the Capital One Cup.
In June, Paris Saint-Germain pegged global transfer fee for a defender, when they paid Chelsea an egregious £50m for David Luiz, a player Mourinho had reservations about from day one, and was behind John Terry and Gary Cahill in the pecking order for centre-backs at the club.
This summer, Chelsea cashed in £8m on 29-year-old Senegal striker Demba Ba, who moved to Turkish club Besiktas after making only 23 starts in all competitions in 18 months for the London Billionaires. A profit of £1m from the fee was paid to Newcastle United.
Now let’s do the maths guys!
Across the five deals, Chelsea made a total profit in the region of £60m in a single season. A phenomenal amount even for Chelsea – because Financial Fair Play rules should begin to bite and the fact these were players no longer desired.
That’s good business if you asked me.