Here is why Chelsea can spend more money despite FFP regulations


Chelsea Football Club have been the topic of conversation amongst football fans because of the way the club's new owner have spent money on players since Todd Boehly took over in the 2022 summer transfer window.

There have been some complaints from some football clubs that UEFA needs to investigate Chelsea to be sure that the Blues are not breaking the financial fair play regulation following the amount they spent on players. Chelsea recently spent £211.8 million to strengthen their midfield position in the last two transfer windows ( January 2023 and August 2023) on Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo from Benfica and Brighton respectively.

However, despite all these spendings that Chelsea have done since Todd Boehly took over the club, they might not have broken any FFP rule.

What is UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulation?

The UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations (FFP) are a set of regulations established to prevent professional football clubs from spending more than they earn in the pursuit of success, and in doing so not getting into financial problems which might threaten their long-term survival.

What is UEFA looking out for when checking financial records?

UEFA is always looking at the activities of every football club in Europe when it comes to the sale and purchase of players to ensure that they don't break any financial rules. However, the body always focuses on the clubs activities in the past five years and not the season in question.

Chelsea's transfer activity ( 5 years before Todd Boehly's takeover, 2017-22)

Chelsea spent €879.5 million on players but also earned €641.2 million on players that were sold, this means the Blues have spent €238 million net on the sale of players in the past five years.

This places Chelsea in 11th place when ranking the amount spent on players among clubs in Europe.

How much have Chelsea made since the 2022 summer transfer window?

The Blues have spent €935 million since Todd Boehly became the new owner of the club which goes back to the 2022 summer transfer window. They have also made €323 million from the sale of players in that same period.

Which clubs have made more money than Chelsea in the past five years?

Chelsea are making the top clubs have made a lot of money in Europe, only Ajax and Brighton have made more money than the Blues.