The value of Chelsea Football Club has risen to £1.8bn, an increase of £304m from last year’s valuation.
Thomas Tuchel managed to guide his side to third place in the Premier League after a tough campaign that gave them all sorts of problems. The season started well, setting an early pace in the title chase, while victories in the European Super Cup and Club World Cup were added bonuses.
However, after the turn of the year, things went downhill. Early season form plummeted and Real Madrid stopped a Champions League defence, while penalty shootout defeats to Liverpool in the final of both domestic cups left them short of extra silverware.
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It only glosses over the problems on the pitch, where apart from that, an unprecedented few months have challenged the club existentially. Owner Roman Abramovich decided to sell the club after 19 years, shortly before being sanctioned following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Blues were forced to operate under a special government-issued sports licence, restricting club actions, such as their ability to sign players or contracts. An extensive buyout process has since taken place, with Todd Boehly’s consortium finally having to complete the ordeal.
The American, together with Clearlake Capital, filed the £4.25bn bid, with small hurdles remaining to end the saga. On the task ahead for him and the club amid such changes, Tuchel said: “I don’t know where we are from day one. What I can promise is that I will be here – if I can promise – I will be here with full energy and positive energy no matter what.
“We will always work for Chelsea, and I refuse to think of negative scenarios. We will be competitive, at what level we will see.
In view of the upcoming recovery, Soccer Reference have published their annual rating of the best clubs in Europe. This shows that Chelsea are seventh on the list, behind: Real Madrid, Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City.
The Blues are valued at £1.833bn, £2.417bn less than the bid submitted by Boehly’s consortium. This represents a growth of £304 million over last year, or around 16%.
Real Madrid lead the way overall, with a value of £2.679 billion, while Manchester United are the highest of English sides at £2.425 billion.