Chelsea could be set to face an interesting summer transfer window. The Blues will not be able to sign any new players as they have been slapped with a two-window transfer ban due to contraventions over the rules relating to the signing of youth players.
A number of Chelsea players have been selected for the England senior and Under-21 squads for the international fixtures over the next few weeks.
The contract of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is set to expire at the end of the season. The 32-year-old has played 18 Premier League games for the club this season, scoring one goal and providing four assists.
Loanee Tammy Abraham has been brilliant so far for Aston Villa. The 21-year-old has scored 13 goals in the Championship from 17 games for the Villains. The good form of Abraham has coincided with Villa’s revival this season under manager Dean Smith after Steve Bruce was sacked.
The upcoming Premier League season is just around the corner for Chelsea. Under a new regime led by Italian schemer Maurizio Sarri, the Blues’ preparations are well underway. The club hierarchy is keen to support the new manager with a fresh batch of recruits, yet the arrivals have been relatively slow, with Chelsea missing out on a couple of transfer targets, especially ones viewed to provide competition in the striker role for Alvaro Morata and co.
The Premier League confirmed that the transfer window, in line with its earlier finish this summer, will start six weeks before it usually does. Opening on Thursday at midnight, top-flight sides will be itching to get deals done before the beginning of the World Cup next month.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Chelsea to look inwardly in their search to find a striker to provide competition and support to first-choice forward Alvaro Morata.
Despite Chelsea’s slow start to the campaign, they had plenty first-team players on international duty as two more Blues confirmed their places at next year’s World Cup in Russia this week.