Chelsea are waiting for Todd Boehly’s consortium to take the club over from Roman Abramovich.
Until the sale is finalised, the Blues can’t sign new players; they can’t even extend contracts of those in the current squad.
Meanwhile, other clubs are already active in the transfer market: for example, Man City have agreed to sign Erling Haaland, undoubtedly one of the biggest moves of the year.
So how do Chelsea operate in these situation?
“We are late because other clubs can take players,” Thomas Tuchel admitted in a press conference.
“Other clubs have ideas and know what quality they want. Other clubs don’t want to lose their players. We are a bit behind. But we will try to have our impact.
“We have a strong opinion on what we need. We have to be fast and smart as soon as the sanctions are lifted. There are good signs and there is progression but actually nothing changes.
“We are not able to sign our players, speak to our players, and we are not able to sell players or contact players. There’s a lot of work to do.”