Chelsea have been accused of cheating on the Premier League’s Financial Fair Play rules by handing new signings long-term deals.
As reported by The Daily Mail, some of the Blues’ Premier League rivals are convinced the west London club are circumventing FFP regulations.
According to the FIFA statutes, teams can only offer contracts with a term of up to five years.
However, Chelsea have routinely awarded longer deals in recent months.
The Blues signed Mykhailo Mudryk this month on an eight-and-a-half-year deal from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Noni Madueke, on the other hand, has tied himself to the west London giants for seven and a half years.
France defender Benoit Badiashile also joined Chelsea earlier this month on a six-and-a-half-year deal.
Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella both joined the Blues over the summer on seven- and six-year deals.
Chelsea complied with FIFA’s restrictions by registering the extra years in each player’s contract as a club-triggered renewal option.
However, their rivals are reportedly convinced the Blues are breaking FFP rules by doing so.
Chelsea have already spent a Premier League record whopping £460m on new players this season after the arrival of PSV Eindhoven’s Noni Madueke.
Spending such an exorbitant amount of money was only possible due to accounting rules that allow transfer fees for FFP purposes to be spread over a player’s contract period.
Spending £88m on Mudryk will therefore only cost Chelsea £10m a year if they submit their accounts to the Premier League for season-ending FFP monitoring.
The west London club have already signed six players during the winter transfer window and could sign further reinforcements.
They have been widely linked with a move to Brighton & Hove Albion’s dynamo center field, a £55million opening denied.
Chelsea see the Ligue1 star as a replacement for Reece James
Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Malo Gusto from Olympique Lyonnais to replace right-back Reece James.
Gusto is a France Under-21 international and has made 15 appearances for Lyon this season, providing one assist.
As reported by The Express, the Blues have been told the Frenchman would cost them around €35m.
James was injured for most of the season this time around and the Blues struggled in his absence.
Trevoh Chalobah has been doing well at right-back lately but Gusto could be a brilliant addition as a natural right-back.
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