Chelsea earn controversial seven-figure FFP boost just in time for transfer window

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea FC at American Express Community Stadium on May 15, 2024 in Brighton, England.
Mauricio Pochettino is set to be handed a huge Chelsea transfer and FFP boost -Credit:(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chelsea are set to receive a handy financial boost in time for the opening of the summer transfer window next month. In order to continue complying with profit and sustainability regulations, the Blues must tread carefully this summer and face the prospect of selling some key players in order to balance their books.

Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah, as two academy graduates, have been linked with exits despite Mauricio Pochettino showcasing the duo's importance in recent weeks. After the 2-0 win against Tottenham earlier this month, the Chelsea boss was asked about Gallagher's future and his answer was certainly telling.

“I am not involved. I don’t know nothing,” Pochettino admitted. "I think you can see in my starting XI that the whole season he was always there. With all the circumstances, he was always there.

“Yes, he is an important player, of course, but I am not involved in the decision. It is the club and Conor. That is a situation they need to fix between the club and the player.” Gallagher will enter the final 12 months of his current contract this summer with no sign extension talks are ongoing.

Tottenham have been long-term admirers of the midfielder and now Aston Villa have joined the race with Chelsea said to be demanding up to £50million. Funds acquired through selling Gallagher would count as pure profit on the club's books which is why the Blues are even entertaining his departure.

While he could still stay at Stamford Bridge and thus money will be need to be raised elsewhere, Chelsea will see a seven-figure windfall arrive soon. On social media, football finance expert Kieran Maguire pointed out that Premeir League clubs will save a combined £103m thanks to Leeds United and Southampton progressing to the Championship play-off final.

This is because it guarantees that two of the three relegated sides will bounce straight back up, with Leicester City having already confirmed promotion as champions. Parachute payments will no longer need to be paid to these clubs, and the money saved will go back into the coffers of clubs like Chelsea.

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"Leicester & 1 of Leeds/Southampton will be promoted to the Premier League," Maguire said. "This will save Premier League £103m in parachute payments to 2 of those Clubs. That £103m will be split between Premier League Clubs after a vote by Premier League Clubs.

"Self regulation = self interest," he added, referencing the controversy surrounding the redistribution of the funds, which would otherwise have filtered down into the EFL.

As such, Chelsea look set to take home in the region of £5.15million to use at their own discretion. It remains to be seen how impactful this will be considering the sizeable fees now used for transfers, but it could make all the difference as they continue to tread the financial line carefully.