This summer marks the beginning of a new era for Chelsea. Having been under the ownership of Roman Abramovich for the best part of two decades, the club will be moving in a new direction after Todd Boehly completed his purchase of the team.
There had been some worries about how Chelsea would adapt to the new ownership situation. Abramovich pumped a huge amount of money into the club without any concerns of recouping it in the future, allowing them to spend heavily on transfers and player wages.
However, it was unlikely that any new owner would continue that model.
Businessman Boehly is reportedly willing to spend, but he also wants the club to become more creative in their approach in the transfer market. A part owner of American sports teams such as the LA Dodgers, LA Lakers, and LA Sparks, he reportedly wants to see his new purchase follow the example set in player recruitment across the Atlantic.
Todd Boehly eager for Chelsea to pull off player trades
According to PA, Boehly is eager to see Chelsea attempt to pull off a number of player trades this summer, something that is fairly uncommon in the Premier League.
Todd Boehly is already living up to his reputation for innovation and decisive action with his plans for player swap deals to refresh the #ChelseaFC squad this summer. Boehly understood to be determined to find new ways to reshape the #CFC squad for Thomas Tuchel
— Nick Purewal (@NickPurewal) June 25, 2022
Of course, the likes of the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB all rely heavily on player trades to freshen up their teams, with straight up purchasing a player very uncommon in the professional American leagues.
It is claimed that the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will be offered to a number of clubs in part exchange for their players. Werner could be used as a makeweight in a deal for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt, while Ziyech is also available via purchase or swap.
Boehly is currently acting as the club's sporting director, meaning he is likely to play a lead role in any transfer negotiations this summer.
These swap deals can be quite difficult to pull off, although it does show some outside the box thinking from Chelsea as they attempt to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool next season.