Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has hinted Chelsea may be preparing for a busy summer in the transfer market after securing a financial windfall by qualifying for the Champions League final.
The Blues secured a date at the Allianz Arena in May against either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in dramatic fashion as they fought back from 2-0 down with ten men to claim a 3-2 aggregate win against Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final showdown.
That result looks to have netted the west London club a windfall of at least £45 million in television revenue while they could double that figure with gate receipts and merchandise, which Gourlay revealed could finance a summer of spending.
“Financially it is a big boost. It helps us continue our investment in the team as we go forward, but we still have the challenge of making sure we are in this competition next year — and that is very important,” he told the Evening Standard.
Chelsea have been linked with moves for big name targets such as Edinson Cavani, Marek Hamsik Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard in the summer while they have could also potentially renew their interest in Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric according to reports.
However Gourlay was quick to fire a warning to Chelsea fans expecting a repeat of summer spending in the past, with the introduction of the Financial Fair Play directive from next season designed to curb outlandish transfer fees.
The Blues have yet to secure Champions League football for next season via their league position, and could face missing out on the competition altogether next season if they fail to secure a top four spot or suffer defeat in the Champions League final, which would have huge financial ramifications for the club.
“The simple thing is we have to get the club to break even,” Gourlay explained. "We have to balance our outgoings with our income. There are different ways of looking at whether it is fair or not, but what it certainly does is focus us clearly on how we run our business.
“But getting it fair across different countries will be challenging for UEFA. We knew the rules were coming in and we’ve been planning our business that way.”