The international break has begun, and although that means no club football – the news surrounding the club has come in thick and fast over the last day or two. Here is a recap..

Transfer Ban –

Firstly, I must apologise. I caused some confusion a few days back attempting to explain the ban and its repercussions. I’ve since found out the correct information. To be clear..

If the transfer ban is in force, Chelsea cannot register players at all. They can agree a deal and sign the player, but he cannot be registered in the squad, and he CANNOT be loaned out/back to his club (which is where I got the information wrong). So essentially, the player would have to sit out and train only, until the ban is lifted or frozen.

Chelsea could however, agree a deal to sign a player in principle, and complete the signing once the ban is lifted or frozen. So that would allow said player to stay and play at his club, but it would have to involve trust and acceptance between the clubs and player, for it to go through.

The ban itself, could still be frozen. The Mail have run a report stating that a decision from UEFA could now be made BEFORE the summer transfer window, allowing Chelsea enough time to lodge an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which will freeze the ban allowing the blues to sign players this summer. This would obviously be the best news for Chelsea, who look likely to lose Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer, and will want to replace him.

Approach to buy Chelsea – 


So, Roman Abramovich has reportedly scrapped plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge, off the back of reports that he is losing interest in Chelsea Football Club. This is of course, speculation. But with the Russians UK visa issues, he is finding it more and more difficult to be involved in the every day running of the club.

This has sparked numerous rumours that he might well be ready to sell up very soon. The Times have claimed that Billionaire Sir Jim Radcliffe has previously made an enquiry of the availability of the club, and retains an interest to buy it.

So far though, he has been put off by the £2.5 billion asking price, but the publication suggests that he is still considering it. Chelsea maintain, that the club is not for sale.

Maurizio Sarri on his last legs? –


Sky Sports, as well as Italian reports, have claimed that the Chelsea hierarchy have become concerned and frustrated with recent performances at the club, and they even go as far to say that Sarri was called into a meeting with the board after the defeat to Everton on Sunday, and Roman Abramovich himself has discussed the situation with Marina Granovskaia.

It’s not the first time we have heard these reports in recent weeks, suggesting substance to the stories. I am aware that the Chelsea board are unhappy about Sarri’s lack of using youth players such as Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu and Andreas Christensen. They have concerns whether Sarri is the right man to utilise the academy.

Of course this comes as a surprise, the board themselves have never seemed concerned about this before now. But I’m told that the academy is now a real priority amongst the clubs operations.

Football’s coming home? –


Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called up to the senior England squad, I’m sure you didn’t miss that news. An incredible achievement at such a young age, but fully deserved. It’s perhaps emphasised once again that the player is more than ready to be playing more than a bit part role in this Chelsea first team currently.

Abraham back next season? –


Aston Villa have themselves a real goal scorer this season, something that Chelsea have lacked. Ironically, the goal scorer in question, is Chelsea player Tammy Abraham!

Of course, he’s doing it in a lower league, and we don’t know if he will be able to carry on such form in the premier league. But surely its now worth giving him a chance? And if he gets it, he’s determined to take it.

Abraham spoke to Sky Sports yesterday..

“The aim next season is to play for Chelsea. As a young kid I’ve always believed I will play for Chelsea”

“I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with both hands.”

I loved how he says ‘when’ I get the opportunity, and not ‘if’. Great mentality.

That’s it for now, but be sure to check back to The Echo regularly with the news coming in thick and fast.

Simon Phillips