It remains to be seen just how much the two-window transfer ban, imposed by FIFA, affects the development of our club.
It’s all very well citing the fact that the ban will give Frank Lampard ample opportunity to give our wonderful crop of youngsters a chance.
But, with the summer sale of Eden Hazard depriving us of the most talented player to don a Chelsea shirt in the last few years, it’s fair to say we face a battle to secure Champions League football, come next May, for a second consecutive season.
If that were to be the case, you’d have to ponder over just where our club would be heading.
In my mind, two scenario’s spring to mind.
Firstly, the club could go on a spending spree, a spree supported by the huge funds we’ve banked from the sale of Hazard and a plethora of fringe players.
Secondly, the club could find itself further asset-stripped as players seek the glory that the Champions League can bring.
That second scenario has, in my mind, received a worrying boost with The Express, running an article, today, implying that Chelsea have agreed to an agreement with Real Madrid to let the Spanish giants know if they everve receive a bid for N’Golo Kante from another club or if they have decided to make the influential 28-year-old midfielder available for transfer.
It may be an innocent and honourable gesture, but I have to say it leaves me feeling a little uneasy.
Is it a view you share?
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