Fabrizio Romano explains Chelsea's seemingly quiet summer transfer window

While the new Chelsea owners prioritise resolving internal problems, they have also made their moves behind the scenes in the transfer market, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The few months Chelsea spent under the special licence granted by the UK government during the sanctioning of Roman Abramovich might have had a longer-lasting impact than initially expected at the club.

Chelsea practically could not make decisions until the new owners, Todd Boehly-led consortium, officially acquired the club last month.

The problems left behind seem to have hindered the club’s movement in the summer transfer window.

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“It’s not easy for new owners with the old board, so they [Chelsea] are trying to find the right way and trying many things,” the Italian transfer expert said on his YouTube channel.

“But it’s not true that Chelsea moving [in the transfer market].

“Chelsea have a lot of things to resolve internally and of course, they will sign new players, and they are on it behind the scenes.

“I’m told this is the priority for new owners, Todd Boehly [and his team].”

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Romano mentioned that among these “internal” problems is Romelu Lukaku’s transfer situation.

The striker wants to go back to Inter Milan, likely on loan, but as recent reports suggest, the two clubs would have to reach an agreement over the fees, etc., first.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso could also leave this summer, with the two Spain internationals linked with moves to Barcelona.

In terms of contracts, the Blues also want to offer Mason Mount a new deal and will have to make decisions over N’Golo Kante’s and Jorginho’s.

Kante and Jorginho’s contracts expire next year, and Chelsea could be obviously at risk of losing both on free transfers.

Then the future of several young players, including Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja.

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“I have a good feeling that Conor Gallagher will stay at Chelsea,” the journalist added.

“While with Armando, many clubs are interested in him — a top striker.”

Bear in mind that it was always unrealistic to expect the new owners to stick with the club’s transfer policy under Abramovich.

Chelsea tended to land their targets before offloading those deemed surpluses to requirements, but this often left them in a bad negotiating position when selling players.

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