Chelsea’s £50 million debacle could get worse as Luis Enrique “arrives in London.”

As Luis Enrique lands in London for head coach negotiations, Chelsea cannot afford to make their current financial situation any worse.

According to reports, Luis Enrique has travelled to London to meet with Chelsea about taking Graham Potter’s place as the team’s new head coach. Under the brief ownership of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, the Blues risk a £50 million calamity getting worse.

Chelsea's £50 million debacle could get worse as Luis Enrique "arrives in London."
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Todd Boehly, Chairman of Chelsea during the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup Final match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on March 05, 2023 in London, England

According to reports published this morning (Wednesday), Enrique was travelling to England to meet with Chelsea in person. The former Spain manager is claimed to have impressed the club administration after being called this week and to have advanced in a rigorous formal procedure.

Fabrizio Romano claims that Enrique has now arrived in the capital with a delegate in preparation for important negotiations. After leaving for Spain in December, he apparently has a burning desire to get back into football as soon as possible by taking over the dugout at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's £50 million debacle could get worse as Luis Enrique "arrives in London."
Luis Enrique

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But Julian Nagelsmann is also a serious candidate and will probably be given the same consideration as Chelsea chooses Potter’s replacement. And cautious they must be after a financially catastrophic start to the management of the club by Boehly and Clearlake, particularly when it comes to coaching.

Chelsea's £50 million debacle could get worse as Luis Enrique "arrives in London."
Stamford Bridge Stadium, home of Chelsea F.C. in Fulham, South West London, England, UK with nickname "The Bridge". The stadium was first built in 1876 by the architect Archibald Leitch and Chelsea Football Club pays since 1905. Nowadays the 2 levels stadium has a capacity of 41631 people. Images are during a UEFA Europa League match with FC PAOK in November 2018

According to reports, Chelsea has spent more than £50 million on head coaches in the last nine months. This sum comprises the £13 million paid out on Sunday, the £22 million given to Brighton and Hove Albion to hire Potter, and the £10 million paid out to fire Thomas Tuchel.

Enrique’s selection would seem risky given that he hasn’t been the manager of a team since he left Barcelona at the end of his contract in 2017.The game has altered during the past six years, although the 52-year-old had a brilliant three-year run at the Nou Camp during which time he won a fabled treble. He has demonstrated the ability to instill a captivating playing style while demonstrating a talent for grooming new players.

Chelsea's £50 million debacle could get worse as Luis Enrique "arrives in London."
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 04: General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on April 04, 2023 in London, England

After inheriting a Chelsea team that can only be described as a shambles, he would need time and patience to accomplish it. Not in terms of quality, but rather in terms of its overwhelming magnitude. It would be difficult to ensure that given the new ownership fired two head coaches in their first full season after succeeding Roman Abramovich. Chelsea needs to do this correctly.

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