Chelsea and Granovskaia’s clever transfer market power can ease pain of Tomori and Guehi sales – Football.London

Chelsea have sold two centre backs this summer that came through their academy setup for a combined fee of at around £45million.

Fikayo Tomori joined the club as an under-8 and made his way through the ranks at Cobham before eventually getting his breakthrough on-loan at Derby under Frank Lampard. At the age of 23, he joined AC Milan permanently last month for £25million following a successful six-month loan spell at the Italian giants.

Like Tomori, Marc Guehi joined the club as an under-8 and progressed through the setup at the Blues’ esteemed academy.

At the age of 21, he was sold to Crystal Palace on Sunday for a fee that football.london understands to be at least £18million but is likely more.

These are, of course, reported figures. In terms of business it is important to remember that at the end of the day a football club is exactly that, it is some incredible moves from the Blues. Bringing the players through and then selling them on for a vast profit

Tomori’s exit from the club was not too much of a surprise having been allowed to go on loan but, then not surprisingly, starring for Milan. Guehi, who is considered by some inside the club as an even better talent than Tomori, was a surprise decision.

The Blues were keen to get him more game time on loan but having enjoyed an excellent season at Swansea in 2020/21, he wanted Premier League minutes on a regular basis, wary of becoming embroiled in an endless cycle of loans that has befallen many of Chelsea’s academy players.

Palace swooped in and made the Blues an offer they arguably couldn’t refuse and the deal was swiftly completed, with Guehi not featuring in Saturday’s pre-season win over Peterborough at Cobham as the move was finalised.

Ironically, Guehi’s senior debut for Palace could come against his former employers on the opening weekend of the season when the Eagles take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on August 14.

Tomori probably felt the same way having been allowed to depart on loan back in January having struggled for game time last season.

It is absolutely no secret that Chelsea have spending power, as they displayed last summer when they splashed out more than £200million on new recruits in Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy, while also handing a lucrative contract to free agent Thiago Silva.

While the club has spent close to £900million on transfers in the past six years, they have managed to balance it out by being smart when it comes to selling their assets, a strength of Blues director Marina Granovskaia.

The club has raised nearly half a billion pounds in player sales over the same period of time, a big chunk of that coming when they sold Eden Hazard for more than £100million to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019.

Alvaro Morata departed the club for £50million, Diego Costa for £60million, Nemanja Matic joined Manchester United for £40million and Oscar went to China when the Super League was throwing money about for £54million.

The Blues pocketed £20million for Nathan Ake in 2017 when he went to Bournemouth and £17million for Juan Cuadrado (admittedly at a loss having signed him for £23million).

Now they have banked nearly £50million for two players that came through the academy. Even selling Olivier Giroud for £2million plus add-ons to Milan represents a good deal for a 34-year-old striker who had a contract option activated a couple of months ago.

Of course, attention will now turn to “why aren’t Chelsea spending this money on new signings this summer?” as Thomas Tuchel looks to bolster his Champions League winning squad ahead of the new season.

The Blues continue to be linked with Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku to bolster their frontline. Declan Rice continues to be an apparent target with Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni is another supposed target of Tuchel.

Chelsea’s shrewdness in the transfer market allows them to finance these kinds of big money moves, adding to that the financial clout that Roman Abramovich has.

There are expected to be more outgoings from the club this summer as Tuchel assesses his bloated squad. It is almost expected now that the club will certainly get the right price for whoever leaves and they will not be undersold on the fee.

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