It’s been a turbulent few weeks for Chelsea since lifting the FA Cup at Wembley, as the Blues have struggled to find the ideal successor to replace Antonio Conte and now face a number of other different woes.
The Blues announced yesterday they were halting plans for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge, citing the difficult financial climate at the moment, but it’s understood that owner Roman Abramovich pulled the plug amidst frustration in his attempts to secure a new visa.
As such, fears that the Russian billionaire could end his association with Chelsea have increased significantly, in possibly the worst time for the Blues as they struggle to match both Manchester clubs financially and now sit behind London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham in their stadium structure.
The Times states that Abramovich, who has invested over £1.17bn into the west London side, would be looking for a return of that figure with a sale and it could leave Chelsea in trouble, as the club theoretically still owe him money.
On top of it all, there’s also fears that star players including Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard could leave following the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.