With the departure of Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne, you would assume Chelsea have done two pieces of poor business in the January transfer window. As a matter of fact, Chelsea have been one if the wisest in the Premier League.
Obviously, Chelsea have lost two fantastic players. Juan Mata, the two time Chelsea player of the year, is no doubt a wonderfully gifted footballer. Kevin De Bruyne is a versatile and talented player who has bags of potential. But did Chelsea really need them? No.
With the form of the attacking duo, Hazard, Oscar, Willian, and not to mention Andre Schurrle, it was always going to be monumental task to get into the team.
Let's look at this financially. Chelsea sold Mata to Manchester United for roughly £37.1m. That's a £13.6m profit from when they bought him back in 2011.
De Bruyne signed for Chelsea in 2012 in a deal thought to be around £7m. They sold him for £17m. That's a profit of £10m. You have to look at football as a business, because to the owners, that's what it is. Chelsea made £54.1m from De Bruyne and Mata, £23.6m of that is pure profit; that's not to mention shirt sales.
With the £54.1m, Chelsea didn't just splash the cash on a world-class player, they thought about what they really needed. Up steps Nemanja Matic; a world-class defensive midfielder.
Chelsea signed Matic for £21m from SL Benfica. Although originally Matic moved from Chelsea to Benfica, his progress in the Primeira Liga didn't go unnoticed. He immediately made his second debut against Manchester United and some say he is the hidden factor for Chelsea's current run of fine form. So that's £21m from the £54.1m gone on a needed and world-class player. That leaves £33.1m.
When the Mata transfer was announced there were a lot questions about Chelsea's attacking players. Was there enough? In response to that, no, there wasn't. So what did Chelsea do? They thought to the future and purchased Mohamed Salah from FC Basel for just £11m.
Salah is just 21 years old, and suits the Jose Mourinho style of play. He's very fast, tracks back, and scores goals. With another £11m spent, that leaves £22.1m, ironically, more than Matic costs.
With club captain John Terry not getting any younger, Chelsea needed to invest in a leader of men, an old fashioned defender. So, they signed teen sensation Kurt Zouma from St. Etienne for £12m, and he was immediately loaned back to St. Etienne to continue his progress.
So with the £54.1m Chelsea made on the sales of Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea purchased three outstanding players and still made £10.1m profit. Not a bad piece of business.
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