Chelsea's transfer stragety is one that Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City need to try and emulate
Chelsea are setting a model in the transfer market that many of the other top clubs across the world could learn from.
The Blues managed to rake in nearly £100 million in transfer fees from three sales in the past year, despite not losing any quality from their starting line-up.
The departures of David Luiz to PSG, Kevin De Bruyne to Wolfsburg and Romelu Lukaku to Everton have all meant that Chelsea can continue with their lavish spending plans and still fit in with UEFA Financial Fair Play regulation.
It is a transfer strategy which other clubs should look to emulate, too. Chelsea have been criticised for not bringing through youngsters and utilising their academy system, but what they do well is keep players in reserve with huge sell on values that they can cash in on when the time is right.
The aforementioned trio’s sales equate to sizable amount more than what Liverpool received for Luis Suarez this summer, for instance, yet the Uruguayan’s departure will have a far greater impact on the Reds than any of Chelsea’s departing players will.
It, of course, should be caveated by the fact that Chelsea have masses of wealth behind them and only the elite can afford to adopt this strategy, but the top clubs in England most admire the way that the club have worked the transfer market in recent seasons.
The Blues have a relatively low net spend over the past few transfers windows, despite brining in a lot of quality, and that has largely been funded by sales of their bit part players.
Even now you can see the value in players such as Patrick Bamford, Marco Van Ginkel and Thibaut Courtois, who are yet to force their way into the Chelsea starting line-up, but could be sold for massive fees.
It is that recognition of buying youngsters with high-sell on values which makes Chelsea a team who should be given more credit for what they are doing.
Roman Abramovich’s reign has been a successful one, but it is one which has drawn a lot of criticism because of the club’s revolving door policy on managers and expensive signings, but it is their long-term thinking which is coming to the fore now.
It may not be what is best for the English game, in terms of bringing through youth players and giving the elite level first team exposure, but it is certainly an excellent strategy for the club and they are proving to be the best team in the transfer market in the country.