Journalist Jokes at Chelsea Spending During Potter’s Press Conference Ahead of Chelsea Fulham
- Chelsea rounded up their winter spending spree with the marquee signing of Enzo Fernandez
- The Blues spent over £300m in the January transfer window despite spending similar amount in the summer
- Chelsea have a packed squad which brought about a joke to Graham Potter at his press conference
Chelsea were known big spenders in the era of Roman Abramovich, and when the Russian was forced to put up the club for sale last year, fears grew among the fans that their club won't be big spenders anymore.
Todd Boehly led consortium backed by Clearlake Capital have taken over the spending and it is almost as if Roman never left the club as they have made 18 permanent signings and spent almost £600m under the American.
The club face a dilemma of who to register for their Champions League squad, they have only three slots left and have Benoit Badiashile, Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudryk and João Felix still to be registered, as reported by Goal.
Journalist jokes at Graham Potter
Chelsea will welcome community neighbours Fulham to Stamford Bridge tomorrow and head coach Graham Potter while facing a press conference ahead of the game had a good laugh with journalists, as noted by Sun UK.
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Potter entered the press room and immediately saw a host of pressmen, he said; ''it is so filled in here'' and one responded ''like your dressing room'', all laughed at it and proceeded to the business of the day.
Potter casts doubt over Fernandez debut
Few minutes before the deadline, the two times Champions League winners wrapped up their winter business by signing Enzo Fernandez from Benfica for a British record fee of £106.8m as reported by CNBC.
The fans are expecting the World Cup winner to slot straight into the team for tomorrow's local derby, but Potter claimed there are limited chances of that, he said as quoted by Evening Standard.
''We will see. We have to get through the paperwork, he's got to make sure he gets the clearance and all that. I've spoken to him, he's an impressive young man. I'm looking forward to working with him,'' he said.
How Chelsea avoid FFP breach
Sports Brief earlier reported on how Chelsea are avoiding FFP sanction despite splashing out the cash on multiple and expensive signings.
The club utilises a loophole in the FFP rule that allows for transfer fees to be amortised over the length of contracts and thus issue out lengthy contracts to even out the fees.
UEFA are reportedly set to block the loophole ahead of the summer transfer which prompted Chelsea to go all out for their priority target Enzo Fernandez.