Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been speaking on the topic of Financial Fair Play this weekend, per Dominic Fifield of the Guardian, bemoaning his rivals' lack of sincerity to UEFA's new rules on club finances.
Mourinho, who himself has amassed a net spend of over £60 million according to TransferMarkt, hit out at clubs spending "incredible sums" and instead praised Chelsea's commitment to investing in young players—with Chelsea confirming the signing of Ghanaian Christian Atsu on Sunday, per Chelseafc.com.
Elsewhere, while there are unlikely to be any further incoming transfers at Chelsea ahead of the transfer deadline on Monday night, work is ongoing that will see striker Demba Ba leave the club by the end of the day.
Mourinho's View on Financial Fair Play
According to Fifield, Mourinho stated the following:
Clubs have to think about the future, where financial fair play will make us think about football in a different way.
We have already started but other clubs seem to think FFP will never start or they think they can override what FFP says and determines. They have continued spending incredible sums. We have gone with another thought.
Many observers will find Mourinho's comments a little insincere given his club's own significant outlays, but there is a clear shift at Chelsea toward investing in the future.
One problem with such a tactic, however, is that the club simply do not have room for all the players that they have brought in. As such, the likes of Atsu, Lucas Piazon and Cristian Cuevas have all headed to Eredivisie side Vitesse on loan—now a virtual feeder club for the Blues.
Vitesse confirm three season-long loan signings: Francisco Júnior (Everton), Christian Atsu and Sam Hutchinson (both Chelsea).— Mohamed Moallim (@jouracule) September 2, 2013
The club has invested in young players and, with those young players mixed with the players who came to Chelsea in the past, we are constructing a team to compete directly with those who invest more. But we are happy: we have a young team with a bright future.
With his major transfer business already conducted, Mourinho has been able to sit back and observe on deadline day. Thus far, Chelsea's only confirmed outgoing transfer has been Victor Moses to Liverpool on loan, per Chelseafc.com.
The Latest on Demba Ba
The Gunners are reported to be offering £1.5 million as a fee for the one-year deal, but Chelsea would like to see that amount doubled to part with the Senegalese star.
However, with Ba still in talks with Arsenal over terms, it has emerged that there may be other interest in his services.
Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph has tweeted that Arsenal are not the only club interested in Ba, although they remain the bookmakers' favourites.
Chelsea, though, have no issue letting Ba go to a rival in Arsenal. Depends purely on who meets their terms— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) September 2, 2013
No incomings expected at Chelsea and it is not just Arsenal in for Demba Ba - will depend who meets terms and what Ba wants #AFC— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) September 2, 2013
Where Ba will end up remains up in the air, but it would now seem almost certain that he will leave Stamford Bridge by the end of the day.