CHELSEA made around £38million in PROFIT this summer… despite spending a club-record £97.5m on Romelu Lukaku.
Roman Abramovich dug deep to give Thomas Tuchel the firepower needed to defend his European crown.
Chelsea bought Romelu Lukaku for £97.5m… but they made back £140m in player salesCredit: Reuters
The Blues also secured a dramatic deadline day loan deal for Saul Niguez, paying £4.5m to Atletico Madrid.
And having landed ex-Fulham goalie Marcus Bettinelli on a free transfer, the Blues spent a tasty £102m over the summer.
However, SunSport can reveal that despite the massive outlay, Chelsea actually made a healthy profit after Tuchel trimmed his squad.
Tammy Abraham raked in the biggest fee when he joined Jose Mourinho’s Roma, bringing in £38.5m.
And AC Milan’s decision to make Fikayo Tomori’s loan permanent saw Chelsea pocket £30m.
Another £30m was made when the Blues sold Kurt Zouma to West Ham last week.
And Crystal Palace coughed up £18m for Marc Guehi.
Atalanta also paid £8m to bring Davide Zappacosta back to Italy.
And Academy Player of the Year Tino Livramento earned £5m when he joined Southampton.
Meanwhile, Victor Moses left for Spartak Moscow in a £4.5m switch.
Chelsea’s summer transfer exits
TOTAL SALES: £140m
- Tammy Abraham to Roma: £38.5m
- Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan: £30m
- Kurt Zouma to West Ham: £30m
- Marc Guehi to Crystal Palace: £18m
- Davide Zappacosta to Atalanta: £8m
- Tino Livramento to Southampton: £5m
- Victor Moses to Spartak Moscow: £4.5m
- Olivier Giroud to AC Milan: £2m
- Lewis Bate to Leeds: £1.5m
- Daryl Simeu to Southampton: £1.5m
- Myles Peart-Harris to Brentford: £1m
And Olivier Giroud joined Tomori at Milan for £2m.
Chelsea even did business with rivals Leeds, letting them have Lewis Bate for £1.5m.
Daryl Simeu also went for £1.5m to Southampton.
And new boys Brentford swooped in for Myles Peart-Harris, paying a similar fee.
There have been numerous loan exits too, with the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Emerson Palmieri and Michy Batshuayi temporarily departing for small sums.
Tino Anjorin is also on the verge of a loan switch to Lokomotiv Moscow.
And it means Chelsea managed to pocket at least £140m from outgoings, giving them a profit of around £38m.
There are also some big players still at the club who failed to secure moves away, including Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Malang Sarr.
Should the Blues decide to shift them in January, it would give them even more cash to spend – potentially on Jules Kounde, who saw Sevilla block his Chelsea transfer yesterday.
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