Nev uneasy at Chelsea spending

Gary Neville says Chelsea’s “staggering” spending under Todd Boehly “doesn’t sit right” with him.

The Blues have forked out more than £600m on new players since the American businessman bought the club last summer.

In the off-season window, Chelsea spent more than £275m on bringing the likes of Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella and Raheem Sterling to Stamford Bridge.

But Graham Potter’s side were already out of both domestic cups and some way behind the top four during January.

As a result, Boehly spent another £326m with the standout signings Mykhailo Mudryk and deadline day man Enzo Fernandez, who alone cost £107m.

Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast, the Manchester United defender said: “With Chelsea, they need time. They’ve got new owners, a new manager and new players.

“You can’t get away from this staggering spending. I’m not sure about it, it doesn’t feel right to me.

“I’m not buying the eight-year contracts either, it comes with great risk.

“I don’t see how an eight-year contract can be honoured if the player progresses.

“The owners could look like the smartest people in the room in two years or they could look pretty stupid. I don’t think it will be somewhere in-between.

“We have to allow time to see how this plays out. They’ve signed some very talented young players, I like Badiashile and Mudryk has shown great promise.

“Fernandez has got a lot of promise and his numbers are big in terms of what you want your midfielder to do.

“There is promise at Chelsea but they have got a problem at centre-forward and that needs dealing with so there’s going to be another load of money spent in the summer unless they’re thinking of bringing Lukaku back.

“It’s interesting times at Chelsea but something doesn’t feel right and when something doesn’t feel right it’s usually not. But we need to see how it plays out over the next 18 months.”

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