With the shocking revelation that Roman Abramovich wants to sell Chelsea after 19 years as the club’s owner, the London club faces an uncertain future.
Whosoever takes over from the Russian Billionaire could be looking to make some changes and If the takeover is completed before the summer, they will face a number of issues in the transfer window that will be key to the club’s future. Below are three transfer issues that new Chelsea owners will face during the crucial first summer transfer market in London.
Unresolved Contract Issues for Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
The London based outfit have been unable to resolve the contract deadlock between Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, who are both out of contract this summer.
Both players appear to be on their way out, with the Germany international, Rudiger linked with Real Madrid and Christensen drawing interest from Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
As a result, the Blues will need to bring in more defenders this summer, with Club skipper Cesar Azpilicueta, also looking likely to leave on a free transfer to FC Barcelona, Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, and Thiago Silva, whose contract expires in 2023 at the age of 38, will be the last three centre backs left at the club.
Solving Striker Problem
Chelsea re-signed Romelu Lukaku for a club-record fee last summer in an attempt to fix their striker problem.
Despite leading the league in scoring with 11 goals, the Belgian, like his teammate Timo Werner, has struggled to stay consistent. Both attackers have been linked with exits from Chelsea this season, with Lukaku admitting in a December interview that he was unhappy at the club.
If the Blues are to fight for the title next season, the new owners will have to address the striker problem.
The Owner may be unwilling to Spend.
It is uncertain how much the new owner will be ready to spend on transfers after the takeover is completed until the new owner is confirmed.
Throughout his stint as the club owner, Abramovich has practiclly handed the manager an open chequebook, with almost £300 million spent in the previous two seasons alone. The new owners may be obliged to limit their transfer spending due to rumors that stadium renovation work at Stamford Bridge would be expensive.