Chelsea get £2.4bn update ahead of summer transfer window amid new manager decision

Chelsea Owner Todd Boehly reacts prior to the Carabao Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2024 in London, England.
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Chelsea have remained among the world's most valuable football clubs according to Forbes. Under new owners Clearlake Capital, headed up by Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, the Blues have not been afraid to make several big transfer decisions with over £1bn spent on new signings over the last 18 months.

In the most recent trading period, Chelsea made no new additions with profit and sustainability concerns preventing any deals being completed. This summer, that looks unlikely to be the case again with Chelsea keen to improve in a number of areas having already identified their first transfer.

Estevao Willian, also given the nickname 'Messinho', is on the verge of becoming the latest wonderkid brought on board by Chelsea in a package deal worth up to €65million (£55.3m). Such a big decision is quite surprising though, given the ongoing profit and sustainability concerns in west London.

As academy graduates, Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah are two players that could generate significant funds for Chelsea. Towards the end of the 2023/24 season, both played a key role for Pochettino but his unexpected departure makes it likely they will be flipped for profit this summer.

Even though Chelsea feel forced to make such brutal decisions, the Blues have been reminded of their stunning financial power as the ninth most valuable club in Europe. As per Forbes, Chelsea have been valued at $3.1billion (£2.4bn) with just a one per cent change occurring over the last 12 months.

Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool are among the clubs above Chelsea in the list but they do rank higher than London rivals Arsenal. While it is a positive that the club have maintained their value, that is the least of their concerns as another new manager must be appointed.

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Kieran McKenna, Enzo Maresca, Thomas Frank, Ruben Amorim and even Jose Mourinho have been linked as potential Pochettino replacements with Chelsea keen to get an appointment over the line soon. Brighton are also on the lookout for a new manager with McKenna having his admirers on the south coast.

Manchester United are also expected to part ways with Erik ten Hag after Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester City with former coach McKenna of interest. Pochettino will also likely be considered for the role at Old Trafford although he could be in line to take the England role if Gareth Southgate leaves.