CHRISTIAN PULISIC has become the 42nd Chelsea player on loan to another club – with a combined market value of £203million.
Pulisic this morning completed a £58million deal to move to Stamford Bridge, but has already been sent back to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the season.
The American international joins the ever-increasing list of Chelsea players plying their trade away from Stamford Bridge.
And the Premier League club show no signs on letting up with their side business, having also agreed to let Jarad Thompson join Warrenpoint Town today.
Academy product Thompson’s move to the Northern Irish club sees him become the FIFTH goalkeeper Chelsea have out on loan at the moment.
It is a booming cash driver for the London club as they rake in loan fees each time someone is farmed out.
Using the figures of Transfermarkt.co.uk, the low-end valuation of the whole loan group is now over £200m.
But the business model is becoming controversial throughout the rest of football, with Fifa attempting to take measures to reduce the trade in young players.
Fifa are attempting to cap the number of players any one club can send out on loan to just eight at any one time.
They have become concerned at the practice of big clubs hoovering up the best young talent into their systems to prevent rivals from signing them.
The belief is that the promising players then have little chance of progressing into the first teams, and are instead just used as a business commodity to tout around on short terms deals.
Fifa’s plans are set to only involve restricting the number of players signed on a fee by a club, rather than anyone who is developed through their academy system.
But it would still force sides like Chelsea to change their business model in order for them to comply.
A deal like the one agreed with Dortmund for Pulisic would count as one of the eight, but Thompson’s switch to Warrenpoint would not.
Chelsea’s marketplace for young footballers means they currently have players featuring for clubs in 11 separate countries.
Twenty-one are with English sides, while four are in Spain and Holland apiece – including 36-year-old keeper Eduardo playing for Vitesse.
Chelsea players currently out on loan
Nathan Baxter – Yeovil
Eduardo – Vitesse
Jamal Blackman – Leeds
Bradley Collins – Burton
Jarad Thompson – Warrenpoint Town
Baba Rahman – Schalke
Jake Clarke-Salter – Vitesse
Michael Hector – Sheffield Wednesday
Tomas Kalas – Bristol City
Todd Kane – Hull
Matt Miazga – Nantes
Kurt Zouma – Everton
Kenneth Omeruo – Leganes
Trevoh Chalobah – Ipswich
Dujon Sterling – Coventry
Reece James – Wigan
Jay DaSilva – Bristol City
Ola Aina – Torino
Fikayo Tomori – Derby
Fankaty Dabo – Sparta Rotterdam
Christian Pulisic – Dortmund
Lewis Baker – Leeds
Bekanty Victorien Angban – Metz
Kenedy – Newcastle
Nathan – Atletico Mineiro
Josimar Quintero – Lleida Esportiu
Danilo Pantic – Partizan Belgrade
Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
Ruben Sammut – Falkirk
Charlie Colkett – Shrewsbury
Jacob Maddox – Cheltenham
Kasey Palmer – Blackburn
Kyle Scott – Telstar
Mason Mount – Derby
Tiemoue Bakayoko – AC Milan
Charly Musonda – Vitesse
Kylian Hazard – Bruges
Jhoao Rodriguez – Tenerife
Michy Batshuayi – Valencia
Ike Ugbo – Scunthorpe
Izzy Brown – Leeds
Tammy Abraham – Aston Villa
Total Value: £203.775m