Chelsea have been ranked as the world’s most proficient selling club in world football in the last ten years handing the Blues a one-up over their Premier League rivals.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have raked in an eye-watering £983.62 million in transfer fees since 2011, followed by European titan Benfica (£962.87m) and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid (£922.55m), according to Transfermarkt.
The Blues have revelled in the sales of Eden Hazard (£103.5m), Diego Costa (£54m), Oscar (£54m) and David Luiz (£44.55m) in recent years which has lofted Chelsea above their closest homeland rivals income-wise, Tottenham, by a £391.32 million differential.
Marina Granvoskaia’s excellent off-field work in the transfer market has pioneered the west Londoners into becoming the world’s greatest outgoings operator, handing Chelsea a major boost ahead of their clash with Manchester City.
Liverpool (£590.46m) marginally fell sort of Spurs as Pep Guardiola’s side (£486.46m) sit some way off the Blues, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Southampton and Valencia which doesn’t become as attractive when City’s expenditure is brought into proceedings.
Chelsea’s astuteness to track, measure and pull the trigger at optimal stages in a player’s career, balancing their worth to the side with their evaluation on the market in order to reap the upmost transfer sum has primed Tuchel with the armoury to build upon his Champions League triumph.
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The Blues’ ability to prise the best fees for their players has opened the door to the signing of Romelu Lukaku while still making a sizeable profit in the meantime, despite the Belgian’s £97.5 million price tag.
However, despite Chelsea’s fruitful ventures in the market, the club have sacrificed the dreams of various youngsters who have earned their stripes at Cobham leaving a selection of fans unsettled by the sales.
Fikayo Tomori became the first academy graduate whose departure not only reeled in a substantial sum but also tugged at Chelsea fans’ heart strings.
The AC Milan centre-half, who arrived at Chelsea as an under-eight junior, joined the Rossoneri on an initial loan deal before sealing his stay at the San Siro an a permanent basis this summer in a deal worth around £25 million.
Tomori’s departure rolled out the red carpet for the likes of Tammy Abraham, Marc Guehi, Tino Livramento and Lewis Bate among others, who all also joined the club at a young age, to follow suit.
The handful of moves have already began to decipher whether or not Chelsea will be left to regret their transfer decisions, with Tomori – again – triggering a new procedure that is now widely in place at the club.
Following the 23-year-old’s meteoric rise to superstardom in Serie A, it has become common practice now for Granovskaia to implement a buy-back clause into the sales of youngsters, especially in light of Chelsea’s rich history of rued sales.
This has allowed the west Londoners to now have a finger in every pie, picking and choosing from the abundance of former Blues that pulsate around the football network while also continuing their quest to conquer the transfer market.
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