With the £100 million Chelsea received for Eden Hazard in June for his transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid, the club doesn’t have any financial need to sell more players in the next two windows.
It had been incredible how Marina Granovskaia handled the entire summer transfer window for the club and the £100 million made off the deal could be maturing into nothing less than £130 million before Real Madrid has to pay out on any of the performance clauses.
Apart from not having any financial need to sell players when the transfer window opens, Chelsea are currently under a transfer ban. The Blues were slapped with a two-window ban by FIFA in which they cannot register any new players who are above the age of 16, after breaking regulations over the signing of youth players.
Chelsea’s appeal to FIFA was thrown out, but in June they submitted an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have the ban overturned or taken down to just one week.
What this means
With the Hazard transfer fee comfortably resting somewhere, Chelsea have enough to buy anyone they choose once the ban is over. If the ban stays in place for the January window and they sell players out, it only means they will not be able to replace the players they sell.
As much as this is making money for the club, it won’t be good for the development of the team’s gameplay.
As it stands, the squad is already shallow in some areas. Chelsea can voluntarily sit out the selling side of the transfer window just as they are involuntarily staying out of the buying side.
Between selling Hazard and the transfer ban, the Blues have by far their largest positive account balance in the Roman Abramovich era – but they are not able to use this bank balance to buy their way to another league title. Chelsea are aiming for a top-four finish this season at best, and you can use this promo code to place your bet on that happening.
Who is likely to go
The transfer ban still in place, there are rumours flying around that Chelsea intends to ship some players out when the transfer window opens in January even when they might not be able to buy in. One of such players is Emerson Palmieri.
The rumour is plausible. Juventus have long been interested in Emerson, going back to his time at AS Roma and his injuries were likely the biggest factor in Juventus never moving for him before.
Why this is bad for Chelsea
The initial argument was on whether it was a good idea for Chelsea to sell out players without replacement and the answer remains no. This is because if Emerson’s transfer goes through, Chelsea would be back to one-deep at left-back, a situation that has hung over the club for years.
The Blues would have three full-backs for two spots: Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James. The latter two can play on either side, but the team would lose their depth in either a three- or four-man backline.
Some certain players’ absence might not be missed much if they were to leave the club but Chelsea might want to put some factors into consideration.
Injuries happen, and with the ban on Chelsea which means they can’t get a replacement, it leaves only one person that can cover Emerson’s spot (Marcos Alonso). But what happens if Emerson is gone and Marcos Alonso is injured?
It leaves the team vulnerable in defence, a situation the club management might want to look into before making any decision.