Chelsea chief Todd Boehly has been slammed for his January transfer window spending spree by Liverpool legend Graeme Souness.
The Blues spent in excess of £300million last month on seven new signings and the loan arrival of Joao Felix. While their fans are buzzing with the influx of talent, many outsiders have questioned the wisdom of the approach.
And Souness is the latest to tear into Boehly, highlighting his decision to activate Enzo Fernandez's "ridiculous" £107million release clause as a particular problem. Writing for the Daily Mail, the Sky Sports pundit asked: "Who on earth is advising Todd Boehly at Chelsea?
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"He might be an American investor with extremely deep pockets who fancies his chances as a Premier League high roller, but who is actually providing intelligence and assessment on the value of the players he is buying?
"When it comes to Fernandez, Chelsea have paid a premium on top of a premium on top of a premium. A premium because it is the Premier League calling. A premium because it is Chelsea. A premium because they want this player now.
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"Boehly is the latest super-rich businessman learning about our football the hard way and having his trousers taken down when it comes to transfer dealings, by not knowing the value of the players he is buying."
Souness' Sky Sports colleague Paul Merson has also warned Boehly he could come to regret handing out mega long contracts, with Fernandez's being eight-and-a-half years long.
The overall spending from the last two transfer windows since the new owners took over totals more than £500m. The Mail also report that Boehly and Co are set to seek FFP exemptions from the Premier League due to Roman Abramovich being sanctioned.
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