By Dr Dan Plumley

21st Jun, 2022 | 2:10pm

Finance guru issues '£2bn' Chelsea claim as Todd Boehly's money-spinning plan revealed

Chelsea are actually worth around £2billion less than the £4.25bn Todd Boehly promised under the terms of his takeover – but there are significant opportunities to grow the club’s value.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Chelsea’s strengths and weaknesses as a business asset.

Boehly completed a deal to acquire the West London club from Roman Abramovich last month (28 May), with £4.25bn widely quoted as the takeover price.

This figure was made up of a £2.5bn sale price and a commitment to invest a further £1.75bn in the club.

As quoted by Bloomberg last Monday (15 June), Boehly claimed that he still believes English football is heavily undervalued.

The American billionaire, 48, revealed that he plans to leverage sports betting opportunities and player marketing to drive up Chelsea’s value.

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Plumley assessed the club’s value and the opportunities to grow revenue.

“It’s a different market in the United States that we need to be aware of,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“I thought this was really interesting. If we look at the models we use to measure club valuations at the moment, they seem more overvalued than undervalued.

“The Chelsea one is a good example. Okay, we can look at the £1.75bn investment that he’s promised to put in. But people look at the price and think Chelsea’s worth £4.25bn. In reality, it was closer to £2bn or £2.5bn.

“However, there are two sides to this. One is that the market is affecting the valuation. The other is that American owners see the potential for more growth here based on the model in the States.”

“But a lot of that model is based on predictable and recurring revenues. A lot of his comments there are based around Chelsea continuing to be a Big Six club and qualifying for the Champions League.

“Both of those are highly likely, so I think he is on the right track. If Chelsea stay in that mix, there is potential to grow. But you have to protect that big-ticket item, which is Champions League football.”

In other news, Romelu Lukaku told by pundit to “write off” Chelsea deal as emphatic new claim issued.