CHELSEA spent hundreds of millions of dollars on new players during the summer transfer window. Todd Boehly was in charge of the whole team makeover.
It is said that Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly privately blamed Roman Abramovich for the club’s outrageous spending on transfers this summer, which broke the world record for a single window. One of Antonio Rudiger’s agents talked about a recent meeting he had with Boehly behind closed doors. During this meeting, they talked about the club’s spending spree.
Sanctions from the UK government made it so that Abramovich had to sell Chelsea at the end of last season. A lot of groups were interested in buying, but Boehly and Clearlake were chosen to complete the £4.25 billion purchase.
The American showed right away how good he was with money by putting together a summer transfer budget that was well over £250 million. Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, and Raheem Sterling were the most well-known names to move to west London during a spree that brought eight new faces to the area.
Saif Rubie, who worked as a go-between for Rudiger when he played for Chelsea, said: “The old government’s decisions had to be put back together by the new government.
“Things like letting the defender Marc Guehi go to Crystal Palace and letting Fikayo Tomori go to AC Milan for not a lot of money. I told the new regime that the old one cost you £100 million when I talked to them. Do you remember what they told me? ‘More’.
“Chelsea and the old government didn’t really do much to keep Rudiger. At the time, he was very happy to stay and maybe become the club’s captain. He was offered a deal that paid him half as much as Romelu Lukaku.”