Chelsea found itself in a hard situation after the British government put Roman Abramovich on a list with six other Russians closely associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sanctions have been imposed on each of them, ie their property has been "frozen", which specifically in Abramovich's case means that he will not be able to sell the club - which he worked on in the previous weeks - tickets for the remaining matches… However, what could have a special impact on the further development and strengthening of the playing staff in the sports field is the inability to work on transfers, buy and sell players, and extend the contracts of their football players.
Therefore, if the sanctions last until the summer, Chelsea will be left without five players at the end of the season: Andreas Christiansen, César Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Saul Nigez and Chary Musonda Last one won't regret too much.
Musonda has been a part of the reserve team for a long time, before, while he was still known as a talented player, he was looking for loans, but he did not reach his potential. He registered his last match for the first team of the Blues in January 2018, which speaks volumes about how much they are counting on the 25-year-old Belgian midfielder at Stamford Bridge.
In the case of Saul Niguez, Chelsea added the possibility to buy him at the end of the season during the loan agreement, but they will not be able to do that while they are under sanctions.
Saul Niguez, Christensen
Hand on heart, the question is whether the London club would use him, because the Atletico football player did not have a more serious role in Thomas Tuchel's team.
He found a place in the starting lineup only in FA and League Cup matches. In the Premier League, a couple of three starts - replaced in one match at half time - the only one in the Champions League. The other three would be a big loss for Chelsea, because all three are in Thomas Tuchel's plans.
However, all three have serious offers from European clubs. Bayern and Barcelona are showing interest in Christensen in particular, although numerous media write that the Dane has already chosen the Catalan club. Rudiger, on the other hand, has negotiated with three clubs (there is speculation about Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern), while Azpilicueta, like Christensen, has Barcelona's offer on the table.
An additional problem for Tuchel is that he will not be able to cancel them in case he fails to keep them due to the sledge. Problem because in that case he would be left with only three central defenders, the time (but still excellent) Thiago Silva, the talented Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr, still unprepared (the question is whether he has that quality) for the biggest challenges. For a coach whose formation includes three central defenders, a huge handicap.