Martin Keown believes that Chelsea won the transfer window because of their sales rather than their incoming transfers.
Martin Keown says that it was Chelsea’s impressive sales that made the Blues the winners of this summer’s transfer window rather than their buys.
Chelsea have pulled off some spectacular singings over the past few months – with Filipe Luis, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Loic Remy the most eye-catching – but Keown believes it was their departures that were their biggest successes.
Jose Mourinho’s side managed to sell David Luiz to PSG and Romelu Lukaku to Everton for a combined figure of £78 million and Keown has credited the side for their expert negotiations.
"Chelsea won it [the transfer window] the day they sold David Luiz for £50m,” the BBC Sport pundit said to the Daily Mail. “And then they got £28m for Romelu Lukaku. Unbelievable business. Financial fair play rules have made them become better negotiators.”
The Blues have a reputation as big-spenders in England after Roman Abramovich’s heavy investment has made them title contenders.
However, in recent times they have actually been very astute at balancing their books and this summer they were one of only three clubs in the Premier League to make a profit.
Although a whopping £88 million was expended by the London club, they have recouped all of that fee from their sales without losing any quality in their first team.
Chelsea have an excellent habit of signing players who have re-sale value so when they are allowed to leave they can still demand large fees.
The likes of the aforementioned Luiz and Lukaku, who they raised such valuable funds from, were unlikely to be regular starters this season, whilst they also earned a sizable income from the sale of Kevin De Bruyne.
Indeed, looking around the inflated Chelsea squad – which has 21 players out on loan – there are few players who would not land them a significant income if they were to be sold.
It shows that they have managed the window correctly and Keown’s point about their sales being as good as their buys in certainly an astute one.