Chelsea’s transfer ban could have a knock-on effect in terms of potential departures. Here’s five players who may have been offered a lifeline.
Willian: Willian’s contract with Chelsea is due to expire next summer, so this would have been the perfect opportunity to cash-in on him while we still can. However, with the transfer ban in force and Eden Hazard already leaving, Willian has been given yet another chance to stay at Chelsea and presumably have a significant role.
David Luiz: David Luiz was recently handed a two-year contract extension, with the club breaking their own contractual policy in order to give it to him. Had we been able to sign a replacement for him, he may well have walked out the door. We also wonder how much influence Maurizio Sarri had in getting Luiz signed and sealed.
Marcos Alonso: Goal reported earlier this month that Marcos Alonso had emerged as a target for Atletico Madrid. If the price was right, Chelsea would have every reason to sell, especially following the emergence of Emerson Palmieri. However, the transfer ban shortens our options, with Jay Da Silva not yet ready to play a substantial part.
Olivier Giroud: Giroud may well have been offered a new contract by Chelsea without the ban, but it’s unlikely he would have seen himself getting considerable minutes if we were free to sign players – because we’d definitely be after a new centre-forward. Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham may return, but Oli G will fancy his chances.
Willy Caballero: Giving Caballero an extension to his contract was an easy decision in the end, but it is a non-HG position in the squad which is being occupied by a player who will have little influence. It begs the question as to whether Chelsea would have looked to recruit a home grown deputy for Kepa Arrizabalaga if they were able.