Chelsea suffered an enormous loss within the final monetary yr regardless of their success in Europe.© AFP
European champions Chelsea introduced Thursday an annual lack of GBP 145.6 million ($196.7 million, 173.5 million euros) for the yr to June 30 2021 regardless of their Champions League triumph. The London membership have been topped kings of Europe in Could following a 1-0 win over English rivals Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League ultimate in Porto. However whereas their turnover rose from GBP 387.8 million to GBP 416.8 million due to a rise in broadcasting income, Chelsea mentioned they nonetheless made a loss after taking part in video games with no crowds due to Covid-19, with a discount in earnings on participant gross sales additionally damaging their steadiness sheet.
Chelsea proceed to be backed financially by Fordstam Restricted, an organization managed by membership proprietor Roman Abramovich, with their accounts saying “the corporate is reliant on Fordstam Restricted for its continued monetary help”.
The Blues added that underneath a “extreme however believable draw back situation of soccer being performed behind closed doorways in December 2021 and January 2022” it might be reliant on extra funding from Chelsea FC PLC, with additional funds wanted if the monetary affect of Covid-19 have been much more extreme.
Chelsea mentioned Thursday they’ve signed three gamers for a complete of GBP 109.7m — striker Romelu Lukaku, goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and midfielder Saul Niguez, on mortgage from Atletico Madrid, since June 30.
In the identical interval, Chelsea added they’d bought 13 gamers for a mixed GBP 103.7m. They may additionally obtain an extra GBP 16.4m if excellent clauses in earlier transfers are all met.
Russian billionaire Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 and has overseen probably the most profitable period within the historical past of the membership, together with 5 English titles and two Champions League crowns, with the Blues finishing a league and FA Cup double in 2009/10.
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