Premier League stars trending on Twitter as Chelsea cannot activate release clause
With Chelsea currently banned from buying players or renewing contracts due to sanctions against owner Roman Abramovich, some fans on social media have pointed out which players The Blues might miss the signature as a result.
Imposed by the British government, the sanctions, aimed at punishing Russian oligarchs closely linked to President Vladimir Putin, are expected to have a huge impact on Chelsea.
The club are currently unable to sign players, spend over £50,000 on away trips, over £500,000 hosting home games – while selling the club will also need to be approved by the government first.
With that in mind, thoughts have already turned to how Chelsea’s fortunes on the pitch will be transformed and how the club will fare if forced to sell star players.
Right-back Tino Livramento was one of the players tipped to return to Chelsea this summer. The 19-year-old, who currently plays for Southampton, previously graduated from Chelsea’s famed youth academy, before joining The Saints with the aim of playing first-team football.
He has certainly accomplished that on the South Coast, playing 21 times this season and becoming a key member of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side in the process.
Given his sky-high potential, rumors of a return to Chelsea quickly began to spread, but as some rival club fans have enthusiastically pointed out on Twitter, it looks like the west London club won’t. can no longer activate a buyout clause in Livramento’s contract at Southampton.
If the sanctions against Abramovich are extended until the summer (they are expected to be reviewed in May), it could present Arsenal and Spurs with an opportunity to jump the queue and sign the England U21 international.
In fact, the young defender was mentioned so much by rival fans on Thursday afternoon that his name started trending in the UK – as you can see below.
Livramento is now free to sign for any club without Chelsea being able to intervene in the decision? Get it all on him @Arsenal
– Spanish Gooner (@elspanishgooner) March 10, 2022
For some Chelsea supporters, meanwhile, the reality was setting in that this summer could be much calmer than many perhaps expected.
Wait, I just realized that Chelsea can no longer activate the buyout on Livramento….
-Avi (@aviddgx) March 10, 2022
Moreover, with Cesar Azpilicueta rumored to be considering a move to Barcelona, the need for Chelsea to sign a backup winger becomes even more pronounced. A transfer ban would see Chelsea miss out on Livramento, along with another former rookie in Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey.