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The cost to rent Wembley may be higher than previously thought

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While there is still plenty of planning that needs to be done and permissions that need to be secured before Chelsea can truly begin work on a new stadium, one of the biggest questions that needs to be answered is where we will play for the three years that it will take to build this masterpiece.  After running into issues with the local council over Twickenham, Wembley has emerged as the leading contender, with Chelsea supposedly ahead of Spurs in the running for the rights to use the (once-)iconic venue.

Last week, The Times claimed that we already offered £11m per season for Wembley use-rights.  But now, it sounds like the actual costs could reach as high as £15m.

Chelsea appear to be in a stronger position after offering about £11 million, some £3 million more than Tottenham. Wembley hopes to earn about £15 million in annual rent and could also ask the London clubs to pay for their additional venue costs, such as security, which could run into millions of pounds, although the clubs may be able to recoup the money from extra revenue because of the increased capacity of Wembley.

-source: The Times

Chelsea's financial strong-arming has recently prompted Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to call on the FA to "accommodate both clubs" (whatever that means), obviously fearing a future where they would have to temporarily relocate to stadium:mk in Milton Keynes instead.  So while the £15m may sound pretty steep, at least we'd get the added bonus of trolling Spurs.

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