Roman Abramovich’s self-imposed deadline on Chelsea transfer call raises serious question

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly stepped in to put all talks of selling Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner on hold until next week. The reason for the short delay in transfer talks is said to be based on whether Barcelona end up being a direct rival in Chelsea’s Champions League aspirations.

UEFA recently changed rules in both the Champions League and Europa League which meant any player signed in January would not be cup-tied.

The rule change saw players such as Takumi Minamino, Erling Haaland and Bruno Fernandes play for two different clubs in the Champions League and Europa League after their respective moves in January.

It makes the January transfer window more appealing to clubs competing in Europe as they were previously restricted in who they could target for the secnod half of the campaign.

And Barcelona are seemingly keen on prising both Werner and Ziyech away from Chelsea in January.

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Spanish publication Sport claim the Catalan club are in talks with both players about a potential switch in January.

But the report now adds that Abramovich has put a stop to any negotiations for the time being.

Abramovich wants to reportedly see whether Barcelona will qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League in their final group match.

Barcelona sit second in their group but face a difficult test against Bayern Munich, who are yet to drop a single point through five matches.


Benfica are just two points behind Barcelona and a win over Dynamo Kyiv could be enough to see them progress.

It appears as though Abramovich will allow talks to resume on Werner or Ziyech – or both – joining Barcelona in January if the Spanish outfit fail to reach the Champions League knockout stages.

But Chelsea’s willingness to entertain transfer talks on both Ziyech and Werner should raise questions on their transfer model.

The attacking duo were signed in a big summer of spending under Frank Lampard with high hopes they would continue their meteoric rise.

Things haven’t worked out so far, but big money was spent on both and giving up on the pair of them already seems a snap judgement.

Werner established himself as one of the world’s most lethal strikers during his time at RB Leipzig and that talent will still be there.

Ziyech meanwhile earned praise in Holland for his ability on the ball and silky tricks, with injuries curtailing his time at Stamford Bridge so far.

Selling both players would come as a huge loss to Chelsea now after close to £85m was spent on the pair of them.

Judging on current form, Chelsea would struggle to get anywhere near that figure now.

Tuchel’s squad doesn’t look like it needs much alterations and the arrival of Romelu Lukaku this past summer only strengthened his overall squad.

Finding the balance to keep all his players happy will be Tuchel’s biggest task, but also getting the best out of those on the fringes may also be the difference on Chelsea winning the Premier League or not.

Selling in January if Barcelona fall down to the Europa League would seem like a step back for Chelsea and bringing in replacements would be a tougher ask.

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