What a difference a Russian billionaire makes. Since Roman Abramovich snapped up Chelsea FC for £140m in 2003, the club has made news on both the back and front pages after the oligarch injected massive amounts of cash into the west London team. Chelsea won last season’s Premiership title, and chief executive Peter Kenyon signed a £50m five-year sponsorship deal with Samsung. Transfer fees and a huge wage bill gobbled up sales of £152.1m in 2004, leading to a substantial operating loss of £82m.
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