- The current summer transfer window still continues, with the cost of great players makes it clear that Chelsea will struggle to compete in the future without a new 60,000+ seat stadium. Mega-million Euro deals are essential for players who provide the talent to compete both in the Premier League—the most competitive and best football league in the world—and in European competitions. Cases in point are major deals for Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech recently; even then, these could be considered bargain transfers.
Now, Chelsea is about to sign a deal with Kai Havertz, from Bayer Leverkusen, which is around £75-90 million, this is without weekly salary. Chelsea needs players like this to be competitive both in the league and in Europe.
In other to compete with the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona, and other European powers, it will take the further investment of probably hundreds of millions of pounds. The gulf that separates a team like Bayern from Chelsea was clear in the two-game demolition of the Blues in the Champions League this year. While getting drubbed by Bayern is not a complete embarrassment, since it seems to be happening to just about every other club around, it still illustrates that the gap between the two is enormous.
The issue of the new stadium is well-known among her fans. It was put on hold some time ago and has yet to be resurrected, even though the City of London planning officials provided an extension to the team on permits. Building means jobs; even bigger buildings mean even more jobs and that is a great way for the club to repay the surrounding areas. Hopefully, it will be put on a fast track, and the building can begin as soon as possible for the benefit of the club, its fan and its community.
Besides being a generator of great additional revenue and the tremendous new facilities provided to the club’s players and fans, a new stadium is also a magnet for players who want to play in a modern, competitive stadium before a larger number of fans. While an older stadium like Stamford Bridge is iconic, these are more than it can handle.
With a low seating capacity of around 40,000, the Bridge can no where near Tottenham Hotspur Stadium renovated stadium, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and the larger stadiums in Manchester; not to mention the colossal arenas in Barcelona, Madrid, Munich and others. A new stadium becomes another chip added to the pile of positives on Chelsea’s side when a world-class player has to decide on the Blues or another top club in the UK or Europe. In conclusion, the home venue matters.
A new and befitting stadium for Chelsea will be a huge positive for the club as it will also generate more revenue than the Stanford bridge. Life in London has been a great influence to potential transfers, the club’s history is a sure-fire draw. and the presence of the other top talents is a major pull. Another thing to consider is the influence of Lampard and they all contribute to helping bring in—and keep—top talents in Blue.
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