Whatever happened to the halcyon days of a wealthy and slightly evil mogul purchasing a Premier League team and just blindly sinking money into the club in the pursuit of silverware?
(Hello there, Mr Abramovich)
Chelsea might struggle to turn a profit but there are a number of increasing signs that indicate that investing in a Premier League club can actually make you an obscene amount of money rather than just suck up all of your discretionary cash.
We rolled our eyes for years as Sheikh Mansour shuttled a collection of Match magazine cover stars into Man City every six months. He is just trying to buy the league, we said.
That was undoubtedly true but what he was also doing was boosting the club's value. Last month, the Sheikh sold 10% of City Football Group (the company that own Man City, New York City FC and Melbourne FC) to a Chinese company for £265 million sterling.
That values City Football Group at over two and a half billion pounds. Mansour is reported to have paid about £195m for Man City back in 2008 and the increasing TV money in the English game has seen his stake increase in value massively.
Shrewd investors are now trying to buy a slice of other Premier League teams, even if it is just a minority share. An American consortium recently paid £50m for 18% of Crystal Palace while Bournemouth has reportedly struck a similar deal, albeit for less money.
With last year's TV deal netting Premier League clubs a combined 5.16 billion, expect there to be more and more investing done, as the super wealthy go back to running football teams like businesses rather than playing with them like toys.
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