Agents and other players’ representatives are wary of dealing with Chelsea under the current circumstances and may look elsewhere when it comes to potential destinations for their clients.
And it may mean that the West London side may be set to miss out on some of their main targets this summer.
The investment bank handling the sale of the club has now closed bidding process, and will whittle the preferred candidates down to four.
However, now a forensic due diligence process will begin looking at the investors involved, their backgrounds, the source of funding and plans for the club.
That will likely take several months and it may still be some time until the chosen candidate is revealed.
With the transfer window due to open again on July 1st, it is by no means certain that the club will be free of sanctions by then because, technically, it will remain the ownership of Roman Abramovich.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.