“We just can’t keep signing new players,” admits Chelsea boss Potter after £400m transfer money

“We just can’t keep signing new players,” admits Chelsea boss Graham Potter after Mykhailo Mudryk transferred £88m to £400m in six months under Todd Boehly, but Blues are still in the market for January reinforcements

Graham Potter admits Chelsea can’t buy any more new players after taking their incredible spending spree to more than £400m in 13 signings since the summer.

Winger Mykhailo Mudryk on Sunday – and fifth this January window – became the latest signing of the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital era after completing his whirlwind £88million move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Chelsea.

He has signed a stunning eight-and-a-half-year deal and was unveiled on the Stamford Bridge lawn at half-time in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace after passing a medical in the morning.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter picked up a much-needed victory over Crystal Palace

Chelsea manager Graham Potter picked up a much-needed victory over Crystal Palace

Mudryk is likely to be joined by more new faces as Chelsea have bid £26.5m for PSV winger Noni Madueke while they remain in the market for central midfield and right-back reinforcements.

Head coach Potter said: “We don’t necessarily have to be careful, but you have to understand that ten or eleven players are unavailable [through injury and suspension] and you can’t just sign players to replace them because then you’d have a squad of 30 and that’s a problem.

Myhailo Mudryk - the club's latest signing - was shown around Stamford Bridge at half-time

Myhailo Mudryk – the club’s latest signing – was shown around Stamford Bridge at half-time

“So you have to do the right thing and look for the right solutions.”

Chelsea have set up a revamped team to oversee their recruitment along with the squad he’s trying to build, and Potter added: “There’s a transition period and you need to stabilize things and work to make them as good as possible to support.

“If you’re in a position where too many people are making hiring decisions in a short amount of time, that’s not a recipe for short-term or long-term success. So we have to stabilize things, make good decisions and align our resources.’

Kai Havertz's header in the middle of the second half proved the difference on Sunday

Kai Havertz’s header in the middle of the second half proved the difference on Sunday

Mudryk, 22, seemed tied to Arsenal until Chelsea’s pounce after sending a delegation to Turkey for talks with Shakhtar on Saturday.

They outbid their London rivals with an initial offer of £62m plus £26m in add-ons, while turning players’ heads significantly more with a deal believed to be worth around £130,000 a week when Arsenal were willing to pay.

Mudryk’s contract runs until 2031, with Chelsea’s new owners introducing an American-style policy to offer players under the age of 25 long-term contracts.

Chelsea have spent £400m on 13 players under Todd Boehly in just six months

Chelsea have spent £400m on 13 players under Todd Boehly in just six months

Potter said: “I’m the head coach and I’ve had enough to worry about before I think about the length of the contract. I leave that to the club and what is right for the club. I will try to support as best as I can.

“I look forward to working with him. If I’m here for the rest of his contract then we’ll all be happy.

“You’re never surprised in the transfer window because things happen when you don’t expect them to happen. What he brings is a player with a great future, exciting, one-on-one, he’s very direct, he attacks defence, he can go wide but also influence the goal. A really exciting player and I think our fans will really like him.’

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Maureen Mackey

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