A former Man City financial adviser has claimed Chelsea are set to breach Financial Fair Play (FFP) limits and insisted he expects the Blues to receive a significant punishment, which could include a hefty points deduction.
Last month, they were then charged again - alongside Nottingham Forest - for breaching top flight spending rules. Premier League clubs are allowed to lose £105m over a three-year rolling time frame, with the end of each accounting year coming on June 30.
Since Chelsea were taken over by a Todd Boehly-led consortium in May 2022, the Blues have spent more than £1billion in the transfer market as they've looked to revamp their squad.
They have slightly spread the cost by using amortization to pay the fees over several years by handing lengthy contracts to players, but the Blues are still the highest spenders in the top flight during that period.
An ex-Man City adviser has claimed Chelsea are set to breach Financial Fair Play (FFP) limits
Since being taken over by a Todd Boehly-led consortium, the Blues have spent more than £1bn
This includes spending more than £100m on both Moises Caicedo (left)and Enzo Fernandez
And, Stefan Borson, who was previously an advisor for City, felt the Blues would receive repercussions for their heavy spending and insisted problems could be coming to Stamford Bridge.
'They've used the tricks of amortization,' he told
. '(But) in my mind, there’s certainly trouble on the horizon and they'll certainly fail FFP for the current season.
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“The breach they’re lined up for is bigger than Everton’s. It’s deemed deliberate.”
Stefan Borson predicts Chelsea will be found to have breached FFP in the near future pic.twitter.com/qf6Tu8tKK2
'This is unless, and it seems to be very unlikely, by June 30, they sell well over £100m worth of players.
'But the window they can now do that, with the (January) window shutting is going to be very small.
'The season is going to finish and then we've got the Euros. So if you look at someone like Conor Gallagher, if Chelsea want to sell before June 30, they'll have to move very quickly.
'And again, likely buyers are going to know that Chelsea need to sell players.'
Borson also hinted Chelsea could be facing a harsher punishment than Everton, while the way their spending has come about could also have an impact on any potential penalty.
He added: 'This breach Chelsea are lined up for is much bigger than Everton's breach.
'And most importantly from an aggravating perspective, they (Premier League) will consider it (a) deliberate (breach).
'Chelsea can't hide behind building a stadium or inadvertently breaching FFP.'
Borson added that there was still time for Chelsea to get out of the sticky situation they're in, but insisted this would be difficult given other clubs are aware of their financial predicament.
Stefan Borson, a former Man City advisor, felt that 'trouble was on the horizon' for Chelsea
He also felt any potential punishment could be harsher than the 10 points handed to Everton
He continued: 'The accounting period is not over yet, let's be fair to Chelsea.
'But I have people telling me you sell Conor Gallagher for £60m, Armando Broja for £40m, Reece James for £30m, whoever it is.
'But there's no buyers. There's no money in the game outside of the Premier League and the Premier League are not stupid.
'They're not going to bite on crazy prices for players they don't rate that highly when they know Chelsa are over a barrel.'
Chelsea have previously insisted they are not in breach of FFP rules, according to The Telegraph.
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