THE BALL – The reason why Chelsea sign long contracts (Chelsea)

Chelsea have already broken the record for the amount spent on signings in one season – it rises to 425.5 million euros, according to data from the Transfermarkt site, after the arrival of Mudryk, ex-Shakhtar, for a bonus of 70 +30.

The previous maximum belonged to Real Madrid in 2019/20, with 355.5 million. How do Londoners manage to make such an investment without crossing the borders of financial fair play, both that of the Premier League and that of UEFA?

It’s not guaranteed they’ll make it, but the trick is in the long contracts the most recent reinforcements have signed – Mudryk tied for eight-and-a-half seasons, Badiashile and Datro Fofana, two other winter recruits, for seven. and half.

This allows Chelsea to amortize the investment (transfer value and wages) over several years, with less annual impact – in the case of the Ukrainian winger, for example, the impact on this season’s accounts, excluding salary, will only be 4.1 million. On the other hand, the blues already condition the future, with commitments until 2030 and 2031.

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