Gary Neville has claimed on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football that Todd Boehly’s decision to hand out long contracts is ‘chaotic’.

The American has adjusted his methods in January as he looks to continue to heavily strengthen the Chelsea squad.

The ability to continue summer’s lavish spending was always going to come under scrutiny due to the pressures of financial fair play lurking in the background.

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Boehly has utilised a loophole with the system by offering new signings extortionately long contracts, in order to break down the payments of the transfer fee.

The most notable example of this is of course Mykhailo Mudryk. The Ukrainian joined Chelsea on a staggering eight-and-a-half year deal, which perhaps played a part in him ending up at Stamford Bridge instead of Arsenal.

The likes of Noni Madueke, Benoit Badiashile and David Datro Fofana have also joined on long-term deals, with the intention of evenly splitting up their transfer fees across multiple years.

While this may sound pretty logical from the owner, not everyone agrees with this way of buying players. Neville has claimed that the business idea is showing some signs of desperation.

He said: “Chelsea are about as chaotic as it gets at the moment spending money left right and centre giving players 25 year contracts to amortise them over that length.”

Reports have claimed that the club’s spending for January may not yet be over.

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It was reported yesterday that they have agreed personal terms with Lyon right-back Malo Gusto, however the Ligue 1 side are hesitant to sell him this month.

They have also strongly been linked with signing a midfielder.

It’s been claimed a bid has already been turned down for Moises Caicedo, while reports linking them to the signing of Enzo Fernandez have failed to disappear as the month has gone on.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released