Chelsea placed under effective transfer ban with trio heading for exit


Helsea is now under an effective transfer embargo after owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government.

And the future of out-of-contract players at the end of the season like Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and captain Cesar Azpilicueta is even more uncertain.

Chelsea have been banned from making any further “inter-club payments”, which would appear to have left them under a transfer ban. It is unknown if they are prohibited from offering new offers to existing players.

But there are now huge doubts over the future of Thomas Tuchel and his players, and Rudiger, Christensen and Azpilicueta are heading for exits this summer.

Tuchel’s plans to strengthen his squad this summer will be stalled unless a sale of the club materializes.

Abramovich had his assets frozen due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Despite the sanctions imposed on Abramovich, Chelsea will still be allowed to operate after obtaining a special license to continue their football-related activities.

The sanctions blocked Abramovich’s immediate plans to sell Chelsea.

A sale may still take place, but Abramovich would have to hand over the process to the British government, and that would be on the strict condition that he derives no financial benefit from it.

Following the announcement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “There can be no refuge for those who supported Putin’s vicious assault on Ukraine.

“Today’s sanctions are the latest step in the UK’s unwavering support for the people of Ukraine. We will be ruthless in pursuing those who allow the killing of civilians, the destruction of hospitals and the unlawful occupation of sovereign allies.

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