By Dr Dan Plumley

13th Jun, 2022 | 9:19am

Finance guru expects Chelsea to sign 'like-for-like' Antonio Rudiger replacement after £100m development

Doctor Dan Plumley expects Chelsea to sign a “like-for-like replacement” for Antonio Rudiger after £100million worth of new shares were allotted.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the football finance expert suggested the club do not need to worry about Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations this summer.

Companies House update on Tuesday (7 June) revealed Chelsea’s new owners have allotted £100m worth of new shares.

It comes after a consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital confirmed their acquisition of the Blues on 30 May.

Plumley suggested the influx of money could be put towards signing a replacement for Rudiger, who has agreed to join Real Madrid.

“There is a lot going on at Chelsea,” he told Football Insider.

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“They have never been a club who have breached Uefa’s FFP. Those rules are changing of course which is another factor.

“Chelsea have made losses in two of the last three years but there has never been a suggestion that they are under the spotlight of Uefa. There will be spending in the summer.

“The new owners have issued £100million worth of shares but we don’t know what that is for. My gut feeling is that there will be money to spend.

“Rudiger is off the wage bill which frees up some room. He is a big loss so you would expect a like-for-like replacement.

“The [Romelu] Lukaku situation will dictate that as well. If they cut their losses on that it frees up a lot of room financially. That will dictate it as much as anything.

“You presume there will be investment given the change of ownership. It is a clean slate. It is difficult to put a figure on it but I’m sure we’ll see movement.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Todd Boehly’s A1 priority as ‘significant’ Chelsea overhaul lined up.