Much has been made about Chelsea’s rather controversial transfer policy over the years, though the Blues in the bar in the Transfer Tavern have been treated to yet another masterstroke today.
Reports suggest Christian Atsu is set to make his loan spell at Newcastle United a permanent switch for around £6.2m, representing quite the profit on a player who never made a competitive first-team appearance for the west London giants.
With little chance of ever breaking into the starting XI at Stamford Bridge, this is another piece of great business for Chelsea. While they have made some transfer blunders in recent years (namely Kevin De Bruyne), the Ghanian isn’t of that level.
Instead, they’re seemingly set to receive a reasonably big sum of money – far more than they paid – for a player they allowed to develop elsewhere before he could be sold on at a profit.
Though the club will undoubtedly need to strengthen over the next few years in order to restore themselves as genuine challengers in the Champions League, their stadium redevelopment will invariably impact their ability to spend in the transfer market.
Recent reports hinted at the fact the Blues may be facing up to four years away from their home in SW6, something likely to cause them a great expense. So, the Atsu deal shows that the club can indeed rely on their swathes of players caught in the periphery of the first-team in order to raise funds.
Crucially, such deals can help keep the transfer wheels in order during what will be the most difficult financial period for the club since Roman Abramovich took over way back in 2003.
The Roman empire’s still got it.