Chelsea banned from making transfers and giving new contracts in new sanctions

Chelsea have been banned from making transfers and giving new contracts to players after the UK government imposed sanctions on the club's owner Roman Abramovich.

The most immediate impact concerns the sale of the club, with Abramovich's proposed sale now put on hold, and the suspension of match tickets being sold to supporters.

But looking further ahead, the sanctions also mean that Chelsea are unable to make transfers or offer new contracts to their current players in a big blow to manager Thomas Tuchel.

As it stands, defensive trio Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta will all leave the club for free in the summer if the Blues cannot renegotiate their deals.

Christensen has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months, while Rudiger, who is one of the world's best centre-halves, has drawn attention from the likes of Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich.

More worryingly for Chelsea is that under the current sanctions, they will not even be able to replace the trio or any other key players who may decide to leave in the summer.

Furthermore, the club are also understood to be unable to hand out new contracts to 17 and 18-year-olds in their academy while the uncertainty remains.

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That could have a huge impact on the first-team in the future, with the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James having graduated from the club's youth system in the not too recent past.

Chelsea are however, allowed to pay existing transfer fees.

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries said that the government had issued the Blues with a special license to play fulfil fixtures, pay staff and enable ticket holders to attend matches, as it did not want to harm the club.

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"I know this brings some uncertainty, but the government will work with the league and clubs to keep football being played while ensuring sanctions hit those intended," she wrote on Twitter. "Football clubs are cultural assets and the bedrock of our communities. We're committed to protecting them."

The government said the licence would be kept under review.

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