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The £490.2million gap between Chelsea and Liverpool that should worry Roman Abramovich

Chelsea fans have become used to big spending on the squad in recent years, but recent figures might just cause some worry for the Blues and owner Roman Abramovich

Chelsea fans haven't exactly had to worry about finances during Roman Abramovich's time at the helm, but there are some concerning figures that might just turn heads.

With a net worth of more than £10billion, Abramovich can afford to fund Chelsea and deal with most financial setbacks that might come his way.

But that doesn't mean, being a shrewd businessman, that he will be immune to concerns over figures that show just how much of a loss Chelsea have made in the last five years.

Figures from Vysyble show Chelsea have made the biggest loss of any Premier League club across the last five years, racking up a deficit total of £345.23million.

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The loss itself may not come as a surprise for Chelsea fans given the Blues have traditionally spent big on player transfers, continuing that trend last summer when they spent more than £200million on new recruits.

But the sheer size of the figure might set some alarm bells ringing, particularly when compared with other clubs.

The figures, which account for the period of 2016-2020, show that Liverpool, for example, have actually made a profit of £145.98million, placing a £491.21million difference between the two clubs' returns.

Liverpool do have one fewer season accounted for in these figures, but their Premier League title will have surely meant for a relatively comfortable 2019/20 campaign, financially.

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Elsewhere, Manchester City made a loss of £254.67million, while Manchester United lost £187.44million and Arsenal £199.13million.

Everton made the second-biggest loss, racking up a deficit of £292.23million with only Tottenham (£57.02million), Burnley (£79.83million) and West Brom (£5.82million) making a profit, aside from Liverpool.

Concerningly, the total deficit for the Premier League for this period was a whopping £2.07billion, which doesn't bode well as clubs continue to search for ways to deal with the loss of revenue through not having supporters in attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And crucially, those figures do not include what are likely much more daunting numbers from last season, when teams first felt the pinch of losing supporters.

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