‘Chelsea may be fruitless’ – Agent warns of ‘significant impact’ on Blues’ transfer plans this summer after sanctions

CHELSEA have been warned that their transfer efforts this summer ‘may be fruitless’ after sanctions by the UK government.

A football agent believes Roman Abramovich’s quick-fire sale of the club could have a ‘significant impact’ on plans for new signings.

Dan Chapman reckons players may be ’very nervous’ to move to Stamford Bridge

He also thinks Chelsea’s moves in the market will depend on the business model of any new owner.

Chapman, who is also a sports lawyer, told the Mail: “I would have thought it would have a significant impact on recruitment.

“Players and more likely agents will be very nervous about whether the club will be free of sanctions [by the summer].

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“So investing too much time now on any prospect of a move to Chelsea might be seen as fruitless.

“Realistically, until a sale happens, I would say Chelsea’s recruitment efforts are as frozen as their assets.

“And agents will start looking elsewhere for their clients, and that could impact Chelsea’s ability to land their primary targets.”

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is thought to be a top target for Thomas Tuchel – who has also been linked with an exit to Manchester United.

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Fellow sports lawyer Stephen Heath added: “It is a disruption for agents and players as they are considering what their options are likely to be in the summer.

“If their preference was to do a deal with Chelsea they would have to consider whether it is in the best interest of their player to look elsewhere because they may not be able to do that deal.”

The Blues are currently entertaining offers after Abramovich put the club up for sale after he was sanctioned following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The likes of Nicky Candy and the Ricketts family are hoping to make Raine Group’s final four-party shortlist.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea fans are rejoicing after being allowed to buy tickets for the FA Cup and Champions League following amendments to the club’s operating licence.

The Blues have also been allowed a cash injection of £30million to ease the burden of day-to-day operating costs.

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