Chelsea Football Club has emerged as the dominant force in recent transfer windows.
This shift in dominance can be traced back to the takeover of the club by Todd Boehly from its former owner, Roman Abramovich.
Since assuming control, Boehly, an American magnate, has invested significantly in the club, reinforcing Chelsea’s stature in the football world.
This financial vigor was most evident when the club shattered transfer records by acquiring Moises Caicedo from Brighton and Hove Albion for a staggering £115 million, as reported by The Guardian.
But this shouldn’t come as a surprise. For Boehly, Chelsea appears to be just another feather in his cap, considering his expansive portfolio of notable sports and media assets.
Apart from Chelsea, Boehly’s ownership spans across prominent teams and brands.
He holds ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks, Cloud9, and DraftKings.
Furthermore, his influence extends beyond mere ownership.
He is also a board member for several organizations, including the Lakers, Flexjet, PayActiv, CAIS, Cain International, Kennedy Wilson, and Vivid Seats, showcasing his business acumen and broad interests.
Eldridge, another company under Boehly’s helm, points out his diverse investments that include entities like A24, Fulwell 73, and Penske Media, which are associated with popular media outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Billboard.
Simply put, Boehly’s ambition and influence are hard to overstate. If he sets his sights on an acquisition, more often than not, he achieves it.
And now, according to ESPN, Chelsea, under Boehly’s direction, has its eyes set on Victor Osimhen, the star player from Napoli.
Given that Napoli, the reigning Scudetto champions, may demand around £120 million for Osimhen, the acquisition could be another testament to Boehly’s willingness to spend for success.
Considering his past acquisitions, such a price, while hefty, seems manageable for Boehly, especially if it adds further luster to Chelsea’s growing reputation.