Chelsea look set to lose some key first-team players this summer due to UK government sanctions placed on Roman Abramovich that block them from offering up new deals. Five players might well be forced to leave Chelsea this summer with sanctions placed on Roman Abramovich by the UK government blocking the club from offering up new contracts.
The news means that only season ticket holders will be able to attend upcoming fixtures as well as those with previously purchased ticket holders, with further blocks on the sale of any merchandise, player transfers and new contracts. One of the biggest concerns at the club will be losing millions in playing talent for nothing come the end of the season – including three key first-team stars.
With the club no longer able to offer up new contracts, it means that five players will be forced to leave in the summer with their deals coming to an end. As well as former youth prospect Charley Musonda, who hasn’t played for the club since 2017/18, Saul Niguez will return to Atletico Madrid following a season-long loan.
More worryingly, club captain Cesar Azpilicueta could be forced to undergo a painful departure following a decade in west London. Germany international defender Antonio Rudiger is another name on the list who looks a lot likely to be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer as his contract is set to expire and he has refused to out pen to paper on a new contract extension.
Andreas Christensen, another central defender, is also reportedly set to leave the Blues this summer and sources claim that he already has an agreement in place to sign for Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer, leaving Chelsea short on defensive options and something to think about this summer.