Liverpool may have considered using a smart Chelsea transfer strategy that has been a feature of the Todd Boehly regime.

Since Boehly took over last summer, Chelsea has committed nine players worth a combined $490m (£388m/€449m) to contracts running six years or longer, most notably tying down Mykailo Mudryk and Enzo Fernández until 2031 and Benoît Badiashile and Noni Madueke until 2030.

The Blues look set to continue that practice this summer by committing $40m (£32m/€37m) addition Nicolas Jackson to an eight-year agreement (via Goal). That will lift the spend to $530m.

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The 'amortization' of transfer fees is spread over the duration of a contract, so a longer deal means smaller annual payments on the books. This only affects how deals are recorded in the accounts, with the actual payment plans still something to be agreed between the clubs, but it has helped Chelsea circumvent potential Financial Fair Play (FFP) difficulties.

However, UEFA has now stepped into to halt this strategy by forcing clubs to amortize payments over a maximum of five years, as The Athletic reports.

The rule will come into force from July 1 and won't apply to any transfers that have already been completed, or contracts that have already been signed, so Chelsea can maintain its existing amortization schedules.

Darwin Núñez signed a six-year deal when he joined Liverpool last summer
Darwin Núñez signed a six-year deal when he joined Liverpool last summer

The stated aim of the UEFA executive committee in making the change is to 'ensure equal treatment of all clubs and improve financial sustainability'. says: Had this regulation been introduced earlier, it would have affected Liverpool's moves for Darwin Núñez and Cody Gakpo.

Gakpo signed a five-and-a-half year deal when he joined from PSV Eindhoven in the winter, while Núñez penned a six-year contract on his arrival from Benfica the previous summer. The transfer fees paid will be amortized over the full length of those deals.

This was particularly important for FSG in the latter case, because Núñez commanded a potential club-record fee, with $81m (£64m/€74m) guaranteed and a further $27m (£24m/£21m) in add-ons.

Liverpool won't be able to use this handy technique going forward, but fortunately, it can continue to amortize the cost of the payment to Benfica through 2028. But in truth, under FSG's self-sustaining model, FFP concerns have never really come onto the radar, so this UEFA change will have a far bigger impact on the likes of Chelsea.