IT would have been an eye-opener even in normal circumstances.
But the news Chelsea are on the brink of sealing a £106million deal for Timo Werner — while most Premier League clubs are reeling from the coronavirus crisis — is even more stunning.
A day which demonstrated just why the Prem clubs are so keen to turn Project Restart into a bells and whistles reality ended with a huge Blues statement.
Not for the first time under Roman Abramovich, Chelsea might be playing a different financial game to many of their rivals.
Of course, a significant factor was the Fifa transfer ban which Chelsea were so angry about last year.
And the mountains of cash — £88m — they banked from Eden Hazard’s transfer to Real Madrid which will allow Frank Lampard to land top target Werner — while the rest of the division face their greatest ever financial uncertainty.
That is why, as football-starved fans look forward to 36 games in the first 16 days of the great return, it is clear the prime mover is the financial necessity, the impetus for a collective punt Covid-19 will not come back with a devastating second wave.
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