A return to Champions League football and prominent player sales allowed Premier League giants Chelsea to reach a record £443.4 million ($562 million) turnover and £62 million profit for the 2017/18 season, the club announced on Monday.
Revenue rose 22.7 percent on the previous season thanks in large part to a profit on player sales of £113 million and a run to the Champions League last 16 which boosted TV income by £47.1 million.
Commercial revenue was up £32 million, helped by a new Nike kit deal worth a reported £60 million a year, while matchday revenues also increased by £8.4 million, the Blues said.
“The club has now posted a series of record-breaking revenue figures and our profit margin has increased in consecutive years,” said chairman Bruce Buck in a statement.
“This has occurred against a backdrop of varying participation in European football, and different degrees of achievement in the Premier League, which demonstrates we have built a sound business footing to support our on-pitch quest for success.”
The latest figures for the season that ended on June 30, 2018, include the sales of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid, Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, Nathan Ake to Bournemouth and the permanent transfer of Juan Cuadrado to Juventus.
Interestingly, the accounts do not include the severance pay for Antonio Conte or his coaching staff.
Conte was sacked in July after the Blues’ finished fifth and failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League.
The Italian later sued the club for his delayed sack, but it remains unclear if he’s been given the reported £9m severance pay.