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Sanctions scuppered Chelsea deal for midfielder

Chelsea’s attempts to sign Dynamo Moscow teenager Arsen Zakharyan were thwarted because of the current UK sanctions against Russia.

The teams had reached an agreement for the transfer of the player, in a deal reported to be close to £13 million.

However, despite the West London club activating his release clause, it was impossible to proceed with the transaction because that would have meant funds going to a club in Russia, something that is not currently permissible under British law.

It is also difficult to see how he would have been given a work permit.

Zakharyan is regarded as one of the brightest emerging talents in Russia, and Chelsea were hoping ot groom him as a future star.

Chelsea remain hopeful still of completing a transfer for the player further down the line, when the political situation has improved between the two countries, something that does not look immediately likely.

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