Todd Pohley’s new reign at Chelsea blames massive transfer spending on the old system, according to allegations

You said the old system cost you £100m – they said ‘more’: Todd Boehle blames Chelsea’s massive transfer spending on Roman Abramovich’s system, says broker Seif Robbie – while revealing chat details in Stamford Bridge chest

  • Chelsea hold the old system responsible for their massive summer spending of £270m
  • This was claimed by Saif Ruby, who sat down with new owner Todd Buhle on Saturday
  • Robbie is the middleman who worked on the deal that saw center back Antonio Rudiger leave Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer.
  • American businessman Bohley bought the club from Roman Abramovich for £4.25 billion in May
  • The blues spread to many defenders this summer, including Wesley Fofana

Chelsea hold the old system responsible for their massive £270m summer spending, according to claims by a broker, who sat down with new owner Todd Boehle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

US billionaire Bohley bought the Premier League side in May for 4.25 billion pounds from former owner Roman Abramovich, who was sanctioned by the UK government for his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the country’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Towards the end of his tenure, Abramovich and former Blues manager Marina Granovskaya oversaw several defensive departures, including Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer to Real Madrid, leaving the club sorely lacking in defensive cover.

Chelsea have blamed Roman Abramovich’s old regime for their massive £270m summer spending, according to Saif Robbie (left), the broker who worked on the deal that saw former Blues star Antonio Rudiger leave for Real Madrid.

American businessman Todd Boyle (centre) bought the Premier League club in May for £4.25 billion

American businessman Todd Boyle (centre) bought the Premier League club in May for £4.25 billion

Former owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government for his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the country's invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Former owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government for his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the country’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

This summer, Boehly had to dip his hand in his pocket as Chelsea bought a hefty sum from behind, with Leicester’s Wesley Fofana for £70m, Marc Cucurella from Brighton for £62m and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly for £34m.

The West London side also sold midfield halves Mark Guehy to Crystal Palace for £18m and Fikayo Tomori for £25m to AC Milan, both of whom have moved away from Stamford Bridge and have since crowned England.

Siv Ruby, the broker who worked on the deal that saw Rüdiger depart, insisted that Buhli’s new regime told him they blamed Abramovich and Granovskaya for letting all those defenders go, which necessitated the summer’s bragging.

He said: ‘The new regime had to come in and pick up parts of the decisions that the old regime made.

Things like letting the boy (Juhi) go to Crystal Palace, who was also a defender, and letting another one (Tomori) go for little money to Milan.

Abramovich and former club manager Marina Granovskaya (left) allowed several defenders to leave

Abramovich and former club manager Marina Granovskaya (left) allowed several defenders to leave

The most prominent of them was the main player Antonio Rudiger, who joined Real Madrid on a free transfer

The most prominent of them was the main player Antonio Rudiger, who joined Real Madrid on a free transfer

Wesley Fofana joined Chelsea for £70m this summer

Fellow defender Mark Cucurella has arrived for £62m from Brighton

The club had to spend heavily in defense this summer, signing Wesley Fofana (left) from Leicester for £70m, Marc Cucurella (right) for £62m and Kalidou Koulibaly for £34m.

Ruby (left) claims that the new system told him that Abramovich & Co. had cost them

Robbie (left) claims the new system told him that Abramovich and Co. had cost them ‘over’ £100m

When I spoke to the new system, you said the old system cost you £100m. Do you know what they told me? “more”.’

When asked about Rudiger’s departure, Rudiger added: “What if I told you that Chelsea, the old regime, made no effort to retain the player. At that time he was very happy to stay and maybe be the club’s captain.

“He was offered a contract equal to half the amount that Romelu Lukaku was earning.”

Last summer, Lukaku returned £97.5m to former Inter Milan on a season-loan basis in June after a disappointing first season at Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel’s side had a mixed start to the season, winning three games and drawing once but losing twice, 3-0 against Leeds and 2-1 against Southampton. The controversial VAR decision gave them a narrow victory over West Ham on Saturday.

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