LONDON. – Todd Boehly is on the brink of taking his Chelsea spending on transfers to nearly a staggering £1BILLION.
Boehly bought Chelsea for £4.25billion in May 2022 and wasted no time splashing the cash on new transfers when the window opened.
Nine players signed permanent deals at Stamford Bridge with a further eight stars arriving in West London in January.
And the outrageous spending spree shows no signs of slowing down with another nine new faces confirmed this summer – after Moises Caicedo announced his move.
The Caicedo deal sees the Blues pay Brighton an eye-watering £115m, a new British transfer record fee. That eclipses their own record set in January when they paid Benfica £106m for Enzo Fernandez, although the deal could rise to £110m with add-ons.
The other biggest arrivals over the last year are Raheem Sterling (£47.5m), Marc Cucurella (£62m), Wesley Fofana (£75m), Mykhailo Mudryk (£88m) and Christopher Nkunku (£56m) – again taking into consideration possible extras to supplement the initial costs.
Kalidou Koulibaly, Benoit Badiashile and Noni Madueke all cost £35m with Malo Gusto (£30.7m), Nicolas Jackson (£30m) and debutant goalscorer Axel Disasi (£38m) also joining for big money.
The Blues spent £25m on new goalkeeper Robert Sanchez from Brighton with Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga both leaving through the exit door.
Gabriel Slonina (£12.6m), Carney Chukwuemeka (£20m), Cesare Casadei (£12m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12m), Andrey Santos (£11m), David Fofana (£10.5m), Angela Gabriel (£13m) and Lesley Ugochukwu (£23.5m) all commanded eight-figure transfer fees.
And Jimmy-Jay Morgan (£6m), Ishe Samuels-Smith (£4m) and freebies Alex Matos, Omari Hutchinson and Diego Moreira have also linked up with the Chelsea youth set-up to complete the 26 permanent arrivals in the Boehly era before Caicedo follows.
Dujuan Richards will also arrive from Phoenix Academy in October when the Jamaican striker turns 18.
And set to join Caicedo and Fernandez in midfield is Romeo Lavia, who has also snubbed Liverpool in favour of a £50m move to Chelsea.
It will take Chelsea’s spending under Boehly to £956.8m – although they have worked on exits out of the Stamford Bridge door. – The Sun.