Chelsea set a new summer transfer spending record last summer after spending over £280 million under Todd Boehly-led ownership. Chelsea in the last 10 years has been one of the top spenders in the transfer window under former owner Abramovich.
The new ownership tends to continue the same tradition as they committed to improving the existing squad with a chance.
Chelsea are in the transfer market again and has already signed David Datro Fofana from Molde for £11 million, Andrey Santos from Vasco de Gama for £11 million, and is closing on £ 35 million rated defender Benoit Badiashile.
They are also closing in on World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez for £ 120 million as Chelse has agreed on personal terms with players’ representatives. Chelsea could take their winter transfer spending to more than £ 200 million.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has predicted Chelsea to be busy in the winter transfer and expects more signings at Chelsea.
What did Jamie Carragher say?
The former England and Liverpool defender said on SkySports: “Chelsea may be the busiest team in this January transfer window – because every time I pick up a paper I see they’re signing someone! It feels like they’re going for every player in the world!’
“It seems to take me back to when Roman Abramovich first came in and I thought with him leaving the club, it might be the end of that. But it doesn’t seem to be the case, certainly with the new regime at Chelsea.
“It looks like they’re trying to throw their money around to try and get in the best players to the club, which is what Chelsea are used to in the last 10 to 15 years.
“I thought it may stop a little, it looks like Todd Boehly are scouting the air for players and I expect them to be busy.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Graham Potter has raised concern about Chelsea’s poor away form.
He said at a press conference following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest: “I think we stood up today. The effort was there. We played a draw against Brentford, you have to stand up there because it’s not an easy place to go. Aston Villa we won.
“Crystal Palace we won. Brighton wasn’t a good game for us at all and obviously, it was a completely different environment again. But that’s the Premier League for you.
“Away from home, teams are not going to make it easy for you. On the one hand, you’ve got players asking for shirts [after the game] and on the other, they are ready to ready to run through a brick wall before the game to prove they can be good enough to beat or play for Chelsea.
“That is how it is. With that comes responsibility for us and we have to be humble enough to know that is the challenge we face. We have to do better.”
Chelsea faces a huge task in their effort to finish in the top four this season as the blues are 7 points less four place finish.