Chelsea are unable to make any new signings under the special license they are operating, meaning Thomas Tuchel appears to have lost his job searching for some fresh blood.
Sanctions against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich appear to have cost the club the chance to sign Gabriel Slonina.
The British government has frozen Abramovich’s assets in the country due to his previous relationship with the Russian leader Vladimir Putin in the middle of the war in Ukraine. The club are currently operating under a special license that prevents them from negotiating new contracts with their players.
Chelsea nor can they bring in new players, meaning they will have to put on hold any possible trades they hope to complete. Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano claim the Blues are in advanced talks to bring Chicago Fire Slovenian goalkeeper.
But the sanctions mean the £5m deal is now broken. Slonina is expected to be brought in over the summer before being loaned back to Chicago until 2023.
The USA Under-21 international is just 17 years old, but has played all four of Fire’s MLS games so far in this campaign, keeping three clean sheets.
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Meanwhile, Mason Mount admitted that Chelsea players have been in the dark about the crisis at Stamford Bridge following Abramovich’s decision to sell the club.
He said: “I’ve been at the club since I was six years old and something like this has never happened before, so it could be a concern.
“In the beginning, and even now, we didn’t really know where it was going and what was going to happen the next day. So it’s difficult. But we focus on our football and what we can do is try and win as many games as we can.
“Obviously I’m away with England, so things stand still and I’m focused on England duties and what I can do while I’m away. And then, when I return to Chelsea next week, I’m sure we’ll be informed about what’s going on because I haven’t heard anything lately.”
Four potential buyers have been shortlisted to become Chelsea’s next owner. They include Boston Celtics owner Stephen Pagliuca, fellow American Todd Boehly and Swiss partner Hansjorg Wyss, a consortium headed by Sir Martin Broughton and Lord Coe and the Chicago Cubs heads, Family Ricketts.