Chelsea are set to hand Jose Mourinho the opportunity to make a huge signing this summer with Paul Pogba a distinct possibility, a report in The Telegraph claims.
A study into Chelsea's accounts has lead to the suggestion that Chelsea will have an extra £40million to play with, allowing Mourinho to chase some of the biggest names in world football. Because of the intricate way financial fair play values players, a huge signing like Pogba would be more than possible despite the costs involved.
The Blues have sealed a new sponsorship deal with Yokohama, believed to be worth £200m over five-years. They have also eradicated the burden of Fernando Torres from the balance sheet and, curiously, lowered the cost of keeping Eden Hazard despite a new £200,000-a-week contract.
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The impossible transfer is possible
All of this has added up to around £40m in FFP funds, allowing Chelsea to meet Pogba's £74m evaluation and offer him the same deal that Hazard is on whilst remaining in Uefa's good books.
Even a deal for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is not out of the question, according to their calculations. Under current regulations, Messi would cost Chelsea £52.3m a season with the £180m transfer fee being spread over the length of his contract and added to his £16.3m-a-year wages.
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Comparatively, Pogba would leave room for even more spending, even if he does end up cost almost £75m. A five-year contract would be seen as £25.2m-a-year in Uefa's eyes and allow Mourinho to add another £15m to the bill.
Jake Cohen of LawInSport explained in the same report: “There is no doubt Chelsea have the freedom to spend big money this summer. Unlike the last two years, Jose Mourinho does not have to rely heavily of significant player sales to fund incoming transfers and meet FFP rules.”
The money freed for new arrivals could be further increased with player sales. Petr Cech earns in excess of £100,000-a-week and retains significant market value despite his lack of first-team football.
Chelsea have had to sell big players under Mourinho, but he has still managed to build what looks to be a title-winning team. Now those financial restrictions are lifted, there is little to stop Mourinho from establishing a new dominant force in English football.
But who should Chelsea spend their money on?
Lionel Messi is still an unrealistic target, but would Chelsea like to see a huge chunk of their budget taken up by Paul Pogba? Give us your thoughts in the comments box below!