There is plenty of evidence to suggest that we may have seen the last of the big money Chelsea bids for star players all over the world, with the club’s transfer and team growth policy heading in a new direction.
Jose Mourinho has talked positively about the investment in younger players the club has made, in stark contrast to several European rivals; Manchester City, Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and others, who still see the right way as the most expensive way.
Chelsea have been investing in younger players for several years, where the emphasis has only been taken off of those signings because the club has also been paying big bucks to try and keep pace with their main rivals.
“With the current Chelsea squad, [Abramovich] was thinking ahead of the others - You can see this season we have De Bruyne, Lukaku, Kalas. We've brought back three or four players with zero investment now because the investment was made before,” said Mourinho.
One of the first things Mourinho said when he came back to Chelsea was that he was going to give the younger players a chance to impress, resisting the urge to go out and pay over the top fees for higher profile player.
He’s looking more and more likely to be true to his word, which can be further demonstrated by the Edinson Cavani saga.
He is a striker who would have definitely been a superb signing for Chelsea because he’s a quality player but the fact the club didn’t go anywhere near the £53-55 million price bracket suggests they won’t be held to ransom any more, likewise with Falcao.
The club is even trying to save a little bit of cash in the case of Wayne Rooney, using players in part exchange to free up squad space which may allow one of the younger investments to step into the first team at an earlier point.
Chelsea definitely have the resources to pay a way over market value fee to make sure the Rooney transfer becomes a reality, but that doesn’t seem to be the way Chelsea will approach their transfers from now on. If they do, it would be an exception to their strategy.
“If people want to follow financial fair play - and we will, I don't know if others are keen to do it but we will - he was thinking ahead,” added Mourinho.
The FFP rules definitely have something to do with it but the emphasis at Chelsea in terms of transfers now seems to follow two main criteria.
Firstly, there is the value of the deal in a financial sense and secondly, the age of the player and what he can offer to the team immediately and what he can offer to the side over the next few years.
Chelsea will never be afraid to put their cash on the table, but it’s positive to see Mourinho and Abramovich thinking in a slightly different way, which other clubs could learn from.
Have we seen the last of the mega bids from Chelsea?
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