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Dynamo Moscow reveals Arsen Zakharyan’s £12.6m move to Chelsea is BLOCKED by UK sanctions

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Russian club Dynamo Moscow reveal Arsen Zakharyan’s £12.6m transfer to Chelsea has been BLOCKED by UK sanctions…making a deal ‘impossible’ despite agreement between the teams

  • Arsen Zakharyan to join Chelsea from Dynamo Moscow for £12.6m
  • However, the move for the Russian star has been blocked by UK sanctions
  • The midfielder is regarded as one of the most talented young players in Russia
  • The sanctions prevent Chelsea from transferring the money to Dynamo

Arsen Zakharyan’s imminent transfer from Dynamo Moscow to Chelsea has been blocked by British sanctions against Russia, despite the two clubs agreeing on a fee.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were expected to boost their midfield with the signing of the 19-year-old Russian star.

Chelsea had activated the midfielder’s £12.6 million release clause, with Zakharyan being seen as one of Russia’s most talented young players.

The Blues would take over Russian teenager Arsen Zakharyan (right) from Dynamo Moscow

Thomas Tuchel hoped to bolster his options before move was blocked by UK sanctions

Thomas Tuchel hoped to bolster his options before move was blocked by UK sanctions

However, Dynamo has revealed that the move was blocked due to sanctions Britain has imposed on Russia in light of the ongoing war in Ukraine, with the issue arose over the need to transfer money to a club in Russia.

Under the terms of Britain’s sanctions on the economy in Russia, which launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, Chelsea may have struggled to pay for the transfer as the money would go to a club in the country.

It would also have been difficult for Zakharyan to get a work permit, which is a matter for the Ministry of Interior.

FIFA’s rules on contracting Russian players during the war added an additional complication to the potential deal.

In a statement about their club websiteDynamo said: ‘On August 25 we received an offer from Chelsea for Arsen Zakharyan.

19-year-old midfielder Zakharyan is regarded as one of the most talented young players in Russia

19-year-old midfielder Zakharyan is regarded as one of the most talented young players in Russia

“Intensive negotiations have been going on between Dynamo and Chelsea for several days, during which our club took a constructive stance.

“However, it is not possible to transfer a player in this summer transfer window for a number of technical reasons beyond our control.”

The issue was confirmed by well-known agent Rafaela Pimenta who said: Sports Express: ‘Today it is impossible to complete the transfer of Zakharyan in the summer transfer window.

“This transfer will only be frozen in the winter, but it is possible. Now we are still trying to make sure Dinamo can get money from Chelsea.”

Chelsea have signed other young stars this summer including Carney Chukwuemeka for £20m

Chelsea have signed other young stars this summer including Carney Chukwuemeka for £20m

New owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly reportedly wants to add youthful talent

New owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly reportedly wants to add youthful talent

Zakharyan scored nine goals last season and provided nine assists in 34 appearances for Dynamo, and has already been linked with a number of high profile clubs.

The move to the Russian star comes as part of the ‘Vision 2030’ strategy adopted by the new owners, led by Todd Boehly.

With the Blues squad made up of several players over the age of 30, the club is aware that it needs to be refreshed with more youthful talent.

This could already be seen with the signing of Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa for £20million, after the midfielder excelled for England at the Under-19 European Championship, while Omari Hutchinson came over from Arsenal, Cesare Casadei moved from Inter Milan and the 18-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina came from Chicago Fire.

The Boehly-Clearlake group has reportedly commissioned Chelsea Academy Director Neil Bath to take the Academy to the next level and has provided significant financial support to attract the best young players around the world.

Boehly’s consortium acquired the club from former owner Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch sanctioned by the British government for his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Chelsea was sold for a total of £4.25 billion. Of the total investment made, £2.5bn was used to buy the shares in the club, with Chelsea saying in a statement that “such proceeds will be deposited into a frozen UK bank account with the intention of donating 100 per cent.” to charities. as confirmed by Roman Abramovich’.

Boehly’s group pledged to invest the remaining £1.75bn in Stamford Bridge, the academy, the women’s team and Kingsmeadow and to continue funding the Chelsea Foundation.

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