After spending £253million in the summer transfer window, Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has reportedly shelled out over £20m to bring Graham Potter to Stamford Bridge.
“I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club,” Potter told chelseafc.com.
“I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.
“I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club.”
Thomas Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday morning with Chelsea sat in sixth place in the Premier League.
The German has heavily backed in the recently closed transfer window and was reunited with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day.
Aubameyang made his club debut this week, playing 59 minutes of Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday evening.
The former Arsenal captain’s reunion with his old Borussia Dortmund boss lasted for less than an hour of game-time, then.
Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Kouliably, Denis Zakaria and Wesley Fofana also joined the club, so Potter will have some big names to deal with for the first time in his career.
Potter will see a familiar face (and haircut) when he takes his first Chelsea training session after Brighton sold Marc Cucurella to their Premier League rivals for around £60m last month.
Something that was likely emphasised during negotiations to replace Tuchel was Potter’s backroom staff at the AMEX.
And the former Swansea City boss has got his wish.
Brighton confirmed in a statement that assistant Billy Reid, first-team coaches Bjorn Hamberg and Bruno, goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts and assistant head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay have all followed Potter up to west London.
A frontrunner to replace the 47-year-old has not emerged, though Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is one of the bookies’ favourites.
Having received a huge amount of money from Chelsea for Cucurella, the Seagulls have now been paid a fair whack in compensation to let Potter and his coaching team leave.
There were a lot of rumours on Wednesday surrounding Potter’s buyout clause.
It was said to be anywhere between £10m and £25m, and there will likely be a variety of fees flying around in the next few days.
Boehly and his associates were more than willing to pay that amount of money to bring Potter and his four Brighton colleagues to Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel and his staff reportedly received £14m after being let go by the Chelsea chairman and co-owner.
It has been a busy and expensive few months in charge of Chelsea for Boehly and co. Blimey.
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