Roman Abramovich scraps Chelsea's old transfer strategy

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Roman Abramovich has profoundly altered Chelsea's way of doing business in the transfer market, according to Get West London.

The local newspaper affiliate in west London covers the Kensington & Chelsea patch and claims Abramovich has enacted a noticeable shift in the club's transfer dealings.

No longer will Chelsea pay over the odds for players already in their prime. Previous deals for Fernando Torres, Ricardo Carvalho and Didier Drogba will become rarer at rarer at Stamford Bridge.

Instead, Jose Mourinho has been instructed to focus on snapping up the best young players in the world.

That's partly been forced upon the club as it wrestles with Financial Fair Play. But equally, Abramovich wants a younger, more attacking set-up at Stamford Bridge - witness the likes of Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah, Nemanja Matic and Oscar.

The report notes that Abramovich is still prepared to invest heavily in the playing squad - Hazard cost £32m and Matic was another £22m this January.

But whereas in the past Chelsea would have made a big splash for an established name - like the £50m spent on Torres three January transfer windows ago - they now look to the future.

And Mourinho is on board with the new policy.

He said: "We have 21 players, which is exactly the number we want. You see a small nucleus of older players and then you see 16 or so players aged between 20 and 26.

"We are signing players, not to be strong today but to be strong for a long time. We are preparing well.

“Next season we will have a strong team from day one. This season we didn’t have a strong team starting from day one. We signed Eto’o a bit late. We sold Mata and Kevin [De Bruyne] and signed Matic and Salah.”

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