Todd Boehly Hatches $18M Chelsea transfer master plan as Levi Colwill replacement found

Chelsea are starting to behave like a club that has a plan in the transfer market, although the fruits of some decisions are yet to be borne.

Their far-reaching sales process was expected, but not with the same efficiency they have shown in the opening month of the summer window. Four weeks on and they are averaging more than two senior players departing every seven days.

It has helped them recover £237million ($304million) at a time when financial pressure and balance sheets were needed. Not to mention, it helps bring in cash that can be spent on other players.

But they have also made strides in other areas to form the foundations of a hungry, young squad for Mauricio Pochettino. The youth recruitment push continues with many players being added to the academy set-up, while the best crop of arrivals are training with the senior side to prove themselves to the management of the first team.

While far from a finished article and structure at this stage, the stepping stones are in place for the long-term vision of Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital. Evidence for it is also only just beginning to emerge.

Their latest deal, which will go under the radar, is to make Ligue 1 side RC Strasbourg the first side as part of the official BlueCo multi-club model. Bought for around 75 million pounds ($96.2 million), the French outfit was taken over by the Blues consortium as they partner with president Marc Keller to provide support for the project.

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Despite concerns from the club’s fans, Strasbourg are now poised to benefit from the move immediately as promising defender Abakar Sylla closes in on a move. For a reported £14.5million ($18.6million), the Ivorian will join Strasbourg from Club Brugge in Belgium. However, Chelsea’s influence cannot be overlooked with Fabrizio Romano reporting that their supervision was key.

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