Exclusive: Chelsea is engaging in a very risky game with FFP.

Exclusive: Chelsea is engaging in a very risky game with FFP.

Since Todd Boehly’s arrival at Chelsea in the Premier League, the transfer market has become fruitful for the American.

During the first two transfer windows of his tenure at Stamford Bridge, there was a tendency to acquire as much talent as possible, while the most recent window witnessed a mass exodus in order for the west Londoners to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP).

According to Jon Smith, a former football super agent, the Blues are playing a very risky game due to the fact that they have adopted the practice of signing players to extremely lengthy contracts.

In Smith’s opinion, attempting to circumvent the rules in any manner cannot sustain itself.

Looking at Chelsea, they are currently avoiding this (FFP) by amortizing their expenditures. They are willing to pay £100 million for Player A due to the fact that he is a strong player.

They’re saying, “Right, Player A, you’re going to be here for eight years,” which means that £100 million will be amortized over eight years as opposed to four or five years for a typical contract,” he wrote in his CaughtOffside column.

‘Of course, Player A wants to be paid commensurately so that he doesn’t miss out in seven years, which means Chelsea must increase their wage cost at the same time and are edging dangerously close to the FFP limits as a result.

‘If Player A does not turn out to be a successful player and they have to sell him after three years, they will either have to take a huge loss because his value will have decreased and no one else will pay his wages, or he will have to sit on the bench and collect £120,000 per week. It is a hazardous pastime.

When a co-founder of the Premier League like Smith comments, it’s important to pay attention.

Given his background, Smith understands what he’s talking about, and while Chelsea currently appears to be able to skirt the rules, there may come a time when the chickens come home to Stamford Bridge.

Blues supporters can relax and presumably enjoy Mauricio Pochettino’s reign at the club for the time being.

Time will tell if the Argentinian is indeed the best man to lead the club forward.

Exclusive: Chelsea is engaging in a very risky game with FFP.