Todd Boehly has already began Chelsea transfer exit plan amid worrying FFP deadline
Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has already begun plans to conduct a mass clear-out at Stamford Bridge this summer with a key FFP deadline looming. After spending over £600million to bring in 17 players since taking over the club in May 2021, Boehly is in desperate need of trimming down the Chelsea senior squad for several reasons.
Firstly, in order to balance the books after two transfer windows of fruitful spending, player sales are in need of taking place this summer. For any paid exits to be included in Chelsea's financial accounts for 2022/23 they must take place before June 30.
Alongside that FFP worry, having over 30 players all recognised as first-team squad members vying for 18 spots on a Premier League matchday doesn't appear to create the healthiest environment. Competition for places can be a great thing, but having to extend the size of the changing room in order for every player to have space would indicate too many players are in the squad.
For pure profit on the books, Chelsea selling homegrown players is highly likely which casts major doubt on the futures of Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Conor Gallagher. Mount is the one player garnering the most interest, with Liverpool making him their number one target for the summer, football.london understands.
Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Kalidou Koulibaly, Romelu Lukaku and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are several other stars who could also be sold. With June 30 arriving quite early into the upcoming transfer window, Boehly has already started his summer clear-out plans.
According to the Evening Standard, a number of high-profile names were sat in the directors’ box at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night for the Champions League clash against Real Madrid. Alongside Los Blancos president Florentino Perez was Brighton owner Tony Bloom, Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany and super-agent Jorge Mendes and several directors from Portuguese club Sporting CP.
In recent weeks, the Blues have also met with officials from Atalanta in recent weeks to discuss both selling and buying players.
While early planning could prove to be a great move by Boehly, there is an understandable worry at Chelsea that rival clubs could use their knowledge of the June 30 FFP deadline to their advantage. With the Blues in need of raising funds before that date, buying clubs can use that as leverage to agree financially better deals from their perspective.