Chelsea player agents ‘were paid millions by the club just DAYS before Abramovich was sanctioned’


REVEALED: Chelsea player agents ‘were paid millions by the club just DAYS before the UK Government sanctioned owner Roman Abramovich’ and plunged the Stamford Bridge outfit into chaos

  • Roman Abramovich was sanctioned last week over links to Vladimir Putin
  • In turn, Chelsea are now operating on a very strict Government licence
  • But days before sanctions hit, agents were reportedly paid by the club 

Chelsea’s player agents have seemingly been left unaffected by sanctions placed on the club via owner Roman Abramovich.

According to The Athletic, Chelsea make two payments a year to agents in September and February.

This time around, it is claimed their most recent instalment went to The FA just days before the government placed sanctions on Abramovich over links to Russia president Vladimir Putin.

Chelsea’s player agents were reportedly paid millions shortly before the club was hit by sanctions on its owner, Roman Abramovich

Chelsea owner Abramovich was sanctioned over links to Russia president Vladimir Putin

Chelsea owner Abramovich was sanctioned over links to Russia president Vladimir Putin

Information released by The FA last month showed Chelsea paid £35million to agents last year – the highest in the Premier League.

But now, there are many club employees facing an uncertain futures amid the array of sanctions placed on the Stamford Bridge outfit last week.

They are now operating under a special government licence that is intended to allow the club to do the ‘bare minimum’ to keep running.

A sale of the club is the quickest way out of the current situation and over the weekend, it was reported in The Telegraph that Abramovich and the UK Government has found an agreement to push ahead over terms of a potential deal.  

The Government regard a quick sale as the best outcome for Chelsea and its fans, but for that to happen Abramovich would have to agree to writing off loans of over £1.5billion without receiving any of the proceeds.

Chelsea have won both games since the sanctions, including Sunday's match with Newcastle

Chelsea have won both games since the sanctions, including Sunday’s match with Newcastle

But that appears to have happened, with the report claiming Abramovich has instructed The Raine Group – the American bank that paused the sale after the Russian was sanctioned on Thursday due to his reported links to Vladimir Putin – to continue the process of completing a takeover. 

On the pitch, Chelsea have won their two games played since Abramovich was sanctioned, including Sunday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle. 

Next up is the return Champions League last-16 leg against Lille on Wednesday night. Thomas Tuchel’s men won the first match 2-0 in London.

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