The sanctions issued by the British Government against Roman Abramovich will severely affect Chelsea, but it does not appear Inter will be caught in the crosshairs. The Nerazzurri have to collect more than half of the fee for the sale of Romelu Lukaku. However, they had taken some precautions, Calcio e Finanza indicates.
The Belgian striker transferred in a €113M move last summer. The Blues paid €22.6M right away. The Italian side cashed in €22M later on through factoring. They will receive the rest of the sum in the next 12 months.
Inter did not list Chelsea among their creditors in an official document related to their most recent bond. The Blues were present, for a total of €84.7M, until September 2021. Afterward, a factor took on the money. Therefore, the fact that the Blues’ finances have been frozen will not impact the Nerazzurri’s balance sheets.
The UK cabinet banned Chelsea from offering new contracts to players and operating in the transfer market, Sports Illustrated reports. The sale of the team is now on hold. The London side can not even re-up with their current contributors on expiring deals. Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, and Antonio Rudiger are in such position.
The Blues can not sell tickets or merchandise, and only season ticket holders can go to the games for the foreseeable future. The Russian tycoon tried to give up the club before the crackdown on Russian assets, drawing plenty of interest. However, there was not enough time to complete the process.