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Arsen Sacharyan won’t give up on Chelsea move after Russian sanctions blocked him

Arsen Zakharyan won’t leave Chelsea despite sanctions blocking his £12.6million move from Dynamo Moscow on deadline day… as the Russia midfielder denies he was willing to change nationality to seal the move

  • Chelsea activated Zakharyan’s £12.6million release clause late last month
  • But sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine meant he couldn’t move
  • Chelsea would have struggled to pay Dynamo Moscow the transfer fee
  • But the 19-year-old midfielder hasn’t given up on the move to Stamford Bridge

Arsen Zakharyan hasn’t given up on his Chelsea transfer despite the collapse of talks in the final days of the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old midfielder was unable to make a move from Dynamo Moscow amid British sanctions against Russia after invading Ukraine.

Chelsea and Dynamo had agreed a fee with the Premier League club to activate Zakharyan’s £12.6million release clause.

Arsen Zakharyan's £12.6million move from Dynamo Moscow to Chelsea fell through last week

Arsen Zakharyan’s £12.6million move from Dynamo Moscow to Chelsea fell through last week

Sanctions against Russia prevented the 19-year-old midfielder (right) from joining England

Sanctions against Russia prevented the 19-year-old midfielder (right) from joining England

However, Dynamo revealed on deadline day that the move fell through because Chelsea had struggled to transfer the money to the Russian club.

Russia international Sacharyan, who is considered one of the most promising talents in world football, is still hoping he can move to London.

He told Sport Express in Russia: “There was an offer but it just didn’t work out. You probably know the reasons.

“How could I refuse? Of course I agreed [to the move].

‘I hope everything will be fine. The next window? Maybe.

“Of course, the level there is much higher than in the Russian Premier League, but anything is possible.

“Maybe it would work there. I could always be loaned.’

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was keen on the Russian but sanctions prevented the move

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was keen on the Russian but sanctions prevented the move

Sacharyan brushed off rumors that he was willing to change nationality to secure the move.

“I had no intention of changing anything. I wanted to play there and nothing else,” he added.

A statement from Dynamo on Thursday read: “On August 25 we received an offer from Chelsea for Arsen Zakharyan.

“For several days there have been intensive negotiations between Dynamo and Chelsea, in which our club has taken a constructive position.

“However, it is not possible to transfer a player this summer transfer window for a number of technical reasons beyond our control.”

Chelsea strengthened their midfield by loaning Denis Zakaria from Juventus

Chelsea strengthened their midfield by loaning Denis Zakaria from Juventus

Agent Rafaela Pimenta told Sport Express: “Today it is impossible to complete the transfer of Zakharyan in the summer transfer window.

“This transfer is not frozen until winter, but it is possible. Now we are still working to ensure that Dinamo can get money from Chelsea.’

Zakharyan scored nine goals and nine assists in 34 games for Dynamo last season and has been linked with a number of top-flight clubs.

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Maureen Mackey

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