Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s new boss, is on track to slash the club’s annual wage bill by £30 million.
Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s CEO, is on track to save £30 million.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia appears to be making no progress in negotiating contract extensions with several members of Thomas Tuchel’s squad, implying that she is on track to slash the club’s annual wage bill by £30 million.
Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea’s star defender, is demanding a massive pay rise if he wants to stay at the club next season.
The German centre-back has been a standout performer for the Blues, but he is free to sign a pre-contract with a foreign club now that he is in the final six months of his contract.
According to spotrac, Rudiger earns £100,000 per week, or £5.2 million per year.
Many of Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, are interested in signing the 28-year-old.
According to multiple reports, he is demanding up to £400,000 to stay in west London.
If Granovskaia fails to make progress in the coming months, the ex-Stuttgart and Roma player may be on the move.
To make matters worse, Granovskaia is also expected to keep fellow defender Andreas Christensen under Tuchel’s command.
The 25-year-old scored in Saturday’s 5-1 FA Cup win over Chesterfield, but his future may lie elsewhere.
Barcelona is looking for a bargain, and any departure could save the club £80,000 per week, or £4.1 million per year.
The majority of Granovskaia’s savings will come from not exercising the option to purchase Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid.
After Romelu Lukaku, N’Golo Kane, and Timo Werner, the Spanish midfielder earns a whopping £200,000 per week, making him Chelsea’s fourth highest earner behind Lukaku, Kane, and Werner.
Tuchel’s summer bank account would benefit greatly from the £10.4 million salary.
Granovskaia may need to spend that money on more defenders, as club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is also nearing the end of his contract and has been tight-lipped about his future.
“Eventually the moment will come, but I am fully focused on hopefully getting as many trophies as we can and then we will see,” the Spaniard, who earns £150,000 a week (£7.8 million a year), said earlier this week.
“I can’t say much more than that I’m really committed and have a lot of things coming up in the next few months, so hopefully we’ll have a great season.”
Charly Musonda, a youngster, may be released from his captivity in the final major departure.
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