Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly believes the club’s rebuilding is now complete.
The Blues splashed out over £300million in January, signing eight new players, including a record UK £106.7million deal for Enzo Fernandez.
In two windows under Boehly’s ownership, Chelsea have invested around £650million in new players – and many have questioned the US billionaire’s supposed ‘scattergun’ approach to the market.
Now, however, sources close to Boehly have decided to defend and explain the club’s controversial transfer policy.
talkSPORT have been told manager Graham Potter and his team were involved in every deal from start to finish, while Chelsea insist there is no such thing as a ‘Boehly signature’.
Blues ownership sees their recent venture as a long-term investment, driven by months of detailed planning.
After filling obvious holes in the summer window after several departures, Boehly felt the need to energize the squad in January and put together a list of what Chelsea needed.
talkSPORT understands that signing Fernandez on deadline day was the final piece and the Blues hierarchy now consider the rebuilding, in terms of new players, to be complete.
The numbers behind Chelsea’s spending spree certainly suggest they are playing the long game.
Every player signed in January is aged 22 or younger, while each of them signed contracts lasting six years or more.
Chelsea have amortized their expenses over the duration of these long-term contracts, balancing payments over several years and keeping the club within Financial Fair Play rules.
Reacting to the January window, Potter suggested that a similar assault on the future window market is now unlikely.
“I don’t think the spending will necessarily continue the way it has,” Potter said. “I think there was a regeneration that needed to happen, which the club did. I think it has to be said that the next window and the window after will be different.
“I’m certainly not complaining about my position here, that’s for sure. I think you will find with football managers that they can complain about almost anything at any time. Right now I’m here, it’s a fantastic opportunity, I’m really excited for it.
“There will be challenges, of course there will be. But I’m just going to approach it with my similar attitude, which is to do my best and try to improve and try to make this club, day by day, better.
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