CHELSEA have been slapped with a transfer ban and are unable to give out any new contracts after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government.
The billionaire Russian oligarch will have all his assets frozen, be banned from coming to Britain and from doing any business here as Vladimir Putin wages war in Ukraine.
Chelsea have a transfer ban and can’t hand out new deals following sanctions on Roman AbramovichCredit: Getty
And the sanctions effectively block his sale of Chelsea.
Chelsea will be granted a special licence to continue playing but Abramovich will be deprived of any profits.
And merchandise sales have been banned too.
But it also means the Blues will be unable to delve into the summer transfer market for reinforcements.
Chelsea have been linked with several high-profile signings including Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and West Ham’s Declan Rice.
And they are now set to lose Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta on free transfers as well, with Chelsea unable to hand out contracts to current stars either.
The trio can strike pre-contract agreements at foreign sides, with Christensen and Azpilicueta already thought to be on the verge of joining Barcelona.
But Rudiger has interest closer to home, with Manchester United and Newcastle both eager to snap him up
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said about the sanctions: “Football clubs are cultural assets and the bedrock of our communities. We’re committed to protecting them.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “There can be no safe havens for those who have supported Putin’s vicious assault on Ukraine.
“Today’s sanctions are the latest step in the UK’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people.
“We will be ruthless in pursuing those who enable the killing of civilians, destruction of hospitals and illegal occupation of sovereign allies.”