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Worried Chelsea Set to Sell £40m Duo to Meet Financial Fair Play Rules
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to sell highly-rated Begian duo Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku in order to help the Blues meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) standards.
Chelsea have recently been committed to a sell-before-you-buy transfer policy, evidenced by the sale of Juan Mata and prompt purchase of Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah and Kurt Zouma.
Discussing FFP, Mourinho was quoted recently stating “Chelsea made great investment in the past and in some moments were also a bit criticised because we did so much. But things change.”
“Chelsea adapted well to the situation. When you see De Bruyne, who played three or four matches, give us a big profit, there are other players who maybe don’t play a single match for Chelsea and we will look to sell them at a profit. We have had to organise ourselves in a different way. Before me, Chelsea did fantastic work in this level: Lukaku, De Bruyne, Courtois, young [Thorgan] Hazard and [Lucas] Piazon.
“Not all of them will have a career at Chelsea but all of them are important in this new financial organisation. So Chelsea worked very well and probably started doing that before other clubs.”
“Because of that, even if FFP comes into practice, I think Chelsea are very advanced.”
It is being reported that Chelsea might rid themselves of Lukaku and Courtois for a tidy profit in order to meet these regulations, but it remains to be seen how players with the star-quality of Lukaku and Courtois will see this statement. Both players have announced their desire to start for Chelsea, and will not be impressed at being considered simply as “financial investments”