Tottenham Hotspur owner Daniel Levy reportedly blames Chelsea ‘over distorting the transfer market’ after the Blues’ January spending.
The winter window saw Graham Potter‘s side spend £266 million as they recruited the likes of David Datro Fofana, Joao Felix (on loan), Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, Mykhailo Mudryk, Malo Gusto, Noni Madueke and Enzo Fernandez in the month.
This led to outrage in the media, with criticism directed towards Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital for their spending during the January transfer window.
However, Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has previously defended the spending as he looks to imbed his new signings into the squad at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s not just Enzo, it’s the whole team,” responded the head, when quizzed on the new price tags of his latest recruits, including Fernandez.
“It’s normal because we have spent the money we have spent and you guys aren’t going to let that go under the radar, so all of football will be singing that (what a waste of money) song.”
While Chelsea were active in the transfer window, other clubs struggled to bring in their targets despite their best efforts.
London rivals Tottenham recruited Dutch international Arnaut Danjuma on loan while also sealing a permanent deal for Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.
Now, Spurs owner Levy has hit out at Chelsea for their January spending.
As quoted by The Telegraph, Levy has criticised the January spending of others and accused the market of becoming distorted by spending.
He said: “The landscape of the Premier League has changed significantly in the last decade. It is understandable that some fans call for more spending, much of which is unsustainable for many clubs.
“We are competing in a league in which we have seen increased sovereign wealth ownership and consortia finance; and in a league where the spending power is now vested in the hands of a few who dominate and have the ability to distort the market.
“Our aim has always been to combine the financial stability of the club with remaining competitive on the pitch. We have to do what is right for us and sustainable in the long-term.”
While Levy did not name Chelsea, he heavily hinted at the spending power of his London rivals.
It remains to be seen as to whether Chelsea will continue to flex their power in the transfer market as Christopher Nkunku has been heavily linked over a summer move.
The Blues could also move for a goalkeeper, having been linked with Brentford’s David Raya and Portugal star Diogo Costa.
Elsewhere, a permanent move for Joao Felix could happen in the summer as the Portugal international completed his loan move at the end of the season, with no option to buy.
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