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fall-out Revealed: The reason why Chelsea believe they can be big winners amid Super League fiasco

Chelsea could be one of the richest clubs in Europe his summer

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Chelsea owener Roman Abramovich. Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea owener Roman Abramovich. Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea owener Roman Abramovich. Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich led the charge to get out of the European Super League, with the reasons behind his move now becoming apparent.

Abramovich stepped in to pull Chelsea out of the Super League on Tuesday, having listened to the depth of feeling from club supporters in opposing the radical plans.

Yet it has now emerged that Abramovich was always one of the more sceptical participants in the inflammatory project, which was driven by a desire to generate as much cash as possible for Super League founding members.

The Russian owner of Chelsea has always insisted his ownership of the club was never about profit or simply money, with his motivation a little different to the foreign owners who have invested in English clubs in a big to make huge profits.

Now it has emerged that Chelsea and Manchester City were the two English clubs who showed most hesitation before signing up for the Super League plan and only agreed after fearing they may be left behind if they did not join the rest of Europe's big clubs in agreeing to the deal.

Chelsea were then the first English club to declare their intention to withdraw from the project, releasing this statement to confirm their decision:

"Chelsea Football Club can confirm that it has begun the formal procedures for withdrawal from the group developing plans for a European Super League," it read, after fans protested against the club's involvement in the Super League ahead of Tuesday night's game against Brighton.

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Chelsea fans protest against the Super League on Tuesday (Ian West/PA)

Chelsea fans protest against the Super League on Tuesday (Ian West/PA)

Chelsea fans protest against the Super League on Tuesday (Ian West/PA)

"Having joined the group late last week, we have now had time to consider the matter fully and have decided that our continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the Club, our supporters or the wider football community."

The huge cash windfalls being proposed by Super League organisers were not a driving force for Chelsea's participation and a leading football agent has told sundayworld.com that the Blues now believe they can in on the fall-out from the collapse of the deal.

After Real Madrid President Florentino Perez suggested it was "impossible" for his club to sign players like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe without the dawn of a Super League and the riches it would bring, there is now a feeling Chelsea will be in a strong position to seal big-money transfers this summer.

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Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have all hinted their transfer spending will be limited this summer and that could open the door for Chelsea to make big money moves for Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland, who is top of their wanted list.

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Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland reacts via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland reacts via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland reacts via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Abramovich's cash reserves ensure Chelsea can withstand the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic and if big-money moves are to take place this summer, they now appear to be in pole position to make offers that could blow their rivals away.

Chelsea made some statements of intent with a £200million spending spree last summer and while Haaland has reportedly suggested he is not interested in a move to Stamford Bridge, that position could change if it is one of the only offers on the table.

Our source also suggested he expects transfer spending to be suppressed across Europe this summer, which could see players of Haaland's calibre remaining at their current clubs for an additional 12 months.

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