Marina Granovskaia can save £2m at Chelsea after £51.5m windfall to fund Erling Haaland transfer

Chelsea have already pocketed a cool £29.5million from player sales this summer.

Fikayo Tomori has joined AC Milan for an initial £25million fee, whilst as per transfermarkt, the Blues banked £4.5million from Victor Moses’ permanent move to Spartak Moscow.

And Chelsea are set to receive at least two more windfalls in the coming days that could help fund a £150million deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

As first reported by The Athletic, central defender Marc Guehi is closing in on a permanent move to London rivals Crystal Palace, with reporting that the Blues have accepted a significant offer from the Eagles for the England Under-21 international.

The fee is said to be in the region of £20million, whilst the west London outfit have also agreed a sell-on fee with Palace and have the first refusal on any future move for the academy graduate.

Furthermore, Olivier Giroud’s move to AC Milan is all but complete and once an official announcement is made, Chelsea will receive an initial £2million payment.

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In total, that will take their earnings to £51.5million from four player sales once Guehi and Giroud (£22million) depart.

With that said, there’s another decision that the Blues could make that would see them save millions on their wage bill – creating more space for Haaland.

A study from OLBG (Online Betting Guide) has discovered how much Premier League teams can add to their wage bill if they released the players who were paid the most but played the least last season.

The Chelsea player that falls into this category is Charly Musonda as he earned £2,184,000 per minute last season, but didn’t make a single Premier League appearance.

Charly Musonda earned £2,184,000 per minute last season, but didn't make a single Premier League appearance. (Image: Online Betting Guide)
Charly Musonda earned £2,184,000 per minute last season, but didn’t make a single Premier League appearance. (Image: Online Betting Guide)

So the Blues could raise another £2million just by getting Musonda off the wage bill, whether that be a permanent transfer or with a loan club paying 100% of his wages.

Although, cashing in on the 24-year-old this summer would be a ruthless decision by Thomas Tuchel and Marina Granovskaia after the forward made a triumphant return to training this week following an injury nightmare.

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Musonda has not played consecutive games for four years following a series of injuries, the most recent one a serious knee problem, but is ready to make the most of what could be his final chance at Chelsea.

“I’m on the right track. I do believe I have ten more beautiful years in my legs when I return,” he told Het Nieuwsblad via Sport Witness. “I feel like a boxer getting ready for his ultimate fight.

“Since I had been out for more than a year, they gave me a 20 percent chance of ever playing at the top level again. They literally said: this is going to be an impossible mountain to climb.

“It was a struggle. For three years I missed what I love most: playing football. I was in pain and sometimes didn’t sleep, but a comeback is only heroic when no one thinks it possible.”

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