Kieran Maguire: The pressure is on at Chelsea after £200m transfer news
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is under pressure to continue Roman Abramovich’s legacy of big spending in the transfer market.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the West London club’s recruitment prospects under the American billionaire.
Boehly’s £4.25billion takeover of Chelsea was finalised last month (30 May) after Abramovich was forced to sell up as a result of sanctions over his connections to Vladimir Putin.
The Telegraph reported on Monday (7 June) that Boehly has granted manager Thomas Tuchel greater autonomy in the transfer market and a £200million war chest this summer.
Maguire insists that expectations are high at Stanford Bridge after several years of below-par recruitment.
“Abramovich was a very benevolent owner,” he told Football Insider.
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“Chelsea spent well over £2bn during his reign. They are the biggest spenders in Premier League history. Abramovich has left a legacy of an expectation for significant investment in the squad.
“Recruitment in the last few seasons hasn’t fulfilled the expectations of the Chelsea fanbase. They have got to get it right this year and that is going to be expensive.
“There are too many Kepas and Lukakus who are picking up huge wages without much in the way of return on the investment.
“You have got to give faith to the manager. Marina Granovskaia is a very smart operator and she is held in very high regard as well.”