When it comes to the art of signing players from the top-flight of French football Chelsea are no strangers.
In recent years, the Blues, who will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to life under head coach Thomas Tuchel when they face London rivals Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday evening, have not shied away from raiding Ligue 1.
In the past ten years the club has signed the likes of Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi from an array of French clubs. On the whole, the bulk of the business they have done with French clubs has proven to be a roaring success, with Hazard, arguably, having been the club’s best player in recent years.
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Now, just hours after the January transfer window officially closed for business, it has been reported that Ligue 1 is on the brink of collapsing because of serious financial troubles.
LFP’s latest attempt to sell TV rights to Ligue 1 failed after bids from Amazon, DAZN and Discovery fell beneath the reserve price that is said to be necessary for the league act in a sustainable manner.
On Tuesday, a bleak picture was painted, with the next 48 hours being deemed as crucial, as French football daily newspaper L’Equipe went with the headline: ’48 hours to save Ligue 1′.
Several club presidents have told the Financial Times that it could push some clubs into bankruptcy, while many have already been forced to negotiate wage cuts with their players.
Whilst the current goings-on in France will act as a wake-up call for other big leagues across the world, it will open up opportunities for clubs to potentially snap up some of Ligue 1’s best talent for cheaper transfer fees than in the past.
For Chelsea, this news could be a real bonus, with Tuchel having managed in France prior to his recent…