Chelsea is expected to lose a number of key players this summer after Roman Abramovich’s assets were frozen.

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Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen are all due to having their contracts expire in the summer.

The Blues, on the other hand, will be unable to keep them at Stamford Bridge since they are prohibited from engaging in any transfer-related activities, including the awarding of new contracts.

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When Charly Musonda Jr’s contract expires at the end of the season, he will also leave.

The loanee Saul Niguez is in the same boat, with Chelsea no longer able to exercise their option to buy the midfielder.

It’s a major setback for the club, which will see product and ticket sales suffer as a result of the development.

Chelsea will be granted a special license to continue playing, but Abramovich will not be compensated.

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That means tonight’s match versus Norwich at Carrow Road will go forward.

Only season ticket holders are required to attend the game against Newcastle on Sunday, so Stamford Bridge might look rather different.

Chelsea will not be permitted to sell home or away tickets, though a workaround could be found to allow visiting fans to attend.

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Supporters will be able to purchase food and beverages on the field.

The Blues had been in contract negotiations with Christensen and Rudiger, who were both expected to leave.

Barcelona is rumored to be interested in luring Azpilicueta and Christensen away from the west London club.

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