Brighton reveal Chelsea broke world record to sign Graham Potter
Graham Potter’s purchase price by Chelsea is disclosed in Brighton’s account statement from the previous year.
Chelsea had to pay the Seagulls a release clause in order to acquire current manager Graham Potter, who was at the time the manager of Brighton.
The sum is the most ever paid to sign a manager from another club, according to the payment information that has been made public.
For Potter, Chelsea set a new world record.
On Wednesday, Brighton released the accounts for the years 2021–2022, and therein lies the startling finding.
They disclosed that Chelsea paid them £21.5 million to convince Potter to move from Brighton to Chelsea the previous year.
After three years at Brighton, Potter moved to Chelsea in September of last year, taking the place of German coach Thomas Tuchel, who had been let go by the club’s new American owners. .
The £21.5 million fee broke the previous record held by Julian Nagelsmann, who transferred from Leipzig to Bayern in 2021, as the highest compensation ever paid to poach a manager.
If Nagelsmann wins another DFB-Pokal and Bundesliga double before 2027, he may reclaim the record, according to One Football.
Potter in Chelsea.
The English manager hasn’t exactly gotten off to a fast start, as his team is struggling to win games and is currently in 10th place on the standings.
Chelsea, on the other hand, is still going strong in the Champions League and is scheduled to play Real Madrid in the quarterfinals as they pursue a third UCL title.