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Chelsea owner Todd Boehly displays his power in transfer market by completing first deal

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly displays his power in transfer market by completing first deal

Todd Boehly has already demonstrated his transfer market clout, as his link with Roc Nation aided Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan.

Despite only signed a new contract with Chelsea last summer, the Blues have agreed to let Lukaku return to Inter on loan. 

Inter will pay a fee of £6.87 million plus add-ons, as well as salary and performance bonuses.

Lukaku has been linked with a move away from Inter since a scathing interview with Sky Italia in December, in which he expressed his desire to return to the club despite criticising Thomas Tuchel’s tactics.

However, it appears that Chelsea’s new owners were already close with Lukaku’s representatives, facilitating a transaction.

Lukaku became Chelsea’s record signing less than a year ago, when he returned to Stamford Bridge citing ‘unfinished business’ in a £97.5 million move. 

But if they could, Chelsea fans would certainly go back in time and undo the deal.

Lukaku is represented by Roc Nation, a firm created by Jay-Z in 2008, and is the company’s first Premier League client.

And it may be a small world at times, as Chelsea’s new American owner Boehly appears to be friendly with Roc Nation head Michael Yormark.

Chelsea were doing well under former owner Roman Abramovich when Lukaku signed, but the Russian had his hand pressed when his apparent ties to Vladimir Putin led to him being sanctioned.

Chelsea were taken over by an American company after a lengthy process, with co-owner Boehly spearheading the acquisition.

As evidenced by the Lukaku transfer, Abramovich was never reluctant to reach into his pockets. 

Chelsea fans were concerned about Boehly’s intentions because the club had not changed ownership since 2004.

But the American has already demonstrated his strength by being instrumental in Lukaku’s return to Inter, and he’s likely to give Tuchel a sizable budget as well.

Chelsea aren’t the only big six team with American owners, but their special relationship sets them distinct.

It’s been a catastrophic comeback for Lukaku, who started life so well by scoring within 15 minutes of his second debut against Arsenal. But injury kept him out for a while, and his controversial interview caused problems for the club.

“I am sorry for the upset I have caused,” Lukaku told Chelsea TV in a bid to atone for his error. But it appears the damage was already done after Lukaku admitted: “The second year after we won the Scudetto, I went to speak with club chiefs and asked for a new contract.

“But they didn’t want to extend my contract, the possibility wasn’t there. It was tough for me to accept, because in my head I told myself that I would be able to do a few more years in Milan.

“The fact that they didn’t try to make me sign a new contract bothered me a bit, it hurt me even. If Inter offered me a new contract, I would have stayed 100 per cent. That goes without saying.”

Although everything hasn’t gone exactly as planned, Lukaku has been able to return to Inter while earning a higher wage due to his Chelsea deal.

However, the damage he causes may come back to haunt him in the long run.


Chelsea owner Todd Boehly displays his power in transfer market by completing first deal

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