July 21, 2024

Newcastle United will sign Lewis Hall on a permanent basis provided the teenager passes ‘performance-related criteria,’ but Chelsea may still need to sell more academy graduates to increase profits.
Chelsea must sell academy graduates to increase pure profit since transferring players like Romelu Lukaku will make ‘little difference’ to the club’s finances.

Stefan Borson, a former Manchester City financial adviser, stated this after Chelsea revealed a pre-tax loss of £90.1 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023 earlier this month. This current loss follows prior deficits of £121.3 million and £145.6 million in 2022 and 2021, respectively, raising concerns about the club’s capacity to reach profit and sustainability targets.

Chelsea, for their part, have claimed that the club would continue to comply with both Premier League and UEFA’s financial standards, and that they ‘expect to do so for the foreseeable future’. However, with Chelsea facing another year out of the Champions League, selling players will undoubtedly be vital this summer.

Take Lewis Hall as an example. This loan agreement includes an obligation for Newcastle United to make the move permanent based on ‘performance-related criteria’, and Eddie Howe earlier stated that he was’sure’ the 19-year-old was’very close’ to doing so.

Given Hall’s limited appearances, Chelsea will struggle to find another buyer prepared to pay the proposed £28 million fee, therefore the Blues will hope that this purchase is made permanent to, at the at least, provide funds for next season’s budget. Even if the change is permanent, Chelsea may still need to sell other academy products to make revenue for this season’s finances.

 

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“It will make no difference at all to Chelsea’s FFP and PSR position if they sell players like Kepa and Lukaku,” Borson stated in an interview with talkSPORT. “They make no profit on those players, even if, as we predict, their book values have been significantly reduced since purchase.

“They need to find buyers for [Trevoh] Chalobah for £20 million, [Armando] Broja for £40 million, and [Conor] Gallagher for £50 million.” These are the kind of transactions that must be completed, and they must all be completed by June 30.

“It is actually articulated in the [Nottingham Forest] ruling. There’s a huge discussion about how difficult it is to sell players before June. The Premier League suggested that it was impossible and received a little scolding.”

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