Explained: How Chelsea can renew Christensen and Rudiger’s contracts despite government sanctions

The British government imposed heavy sanctions on Chelsea over a few weeks ago in the wake of punishing Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich for his reported ties with Vladimir Putin.

One of these sanctions included Chelsea not being able to agree on contract extensions with their players until new owners arrive at the club.

However, as per CBS Sports‘ Ben Jacobs, this sanction does not apply to contracts that were offered prior to the government’s actions.

Chelsea made contract extension offers to Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen before the sanctions came in.

In principle, a deal can be agreed with the defenders if Chelsea can convince them to take up their last offer.

In the case of Azpilicueta, the Blues have triggered the one-year clause in his contract that will see him be a Chelsea player until 2023. However, whether he chooses to leave or not this summer is up to the player.

Rudiger was reportedly not satisfied with Chelsea’s last offer while Christensen seems to have his heart set on a move to Barcelona. At the moment, both defenders seem likely to move away unless things chance once the new owners come in.

Juventus willing to match Jorginho Chelsea wages

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is fielding interest from across Europe.

While his agent Jorge Santos has stated their priority is a new contract with the Blues, doubts over the club’s ownership has forced them to consider all enquiries.

La Repubblica says Juventus remain in contact, though PSG and Barcelona are also interested.

Juve are willing to match Jorginho’s current €7m salary at Chelsea to bring the former Napoli midfielder back to Serie A.

Jorginho started this week’s Champions League semifinal at Real Madrid on the bench.

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