Arsen Zakharyan won’t drop Chelsea move after Russian sanctions block him
Chelsea target Arsen Zakharyan won’t give up on his dream despite sanctions blocking £12.6m transfer from Dynamo Moscow on deadline day… as Russian midfielder denies he was ready to change nationality to seal an agreement
- Chelsea activated Arsen Zakharyan’s £12.6m release clause late last month
- But the sanctions imposed on Russia because of the war in Ukraine prevented him from moving
- Chelsea reportedly struggled to pay Dynamo Moscow transfer fee
- But the 19-year-old midfielder hasn’t given up on a move to Stamford Bridge
Arsen Zakharyan hasn’t given up on his move to Chelsea despite talks breaking down in the final days of the summer transfer window.
The 19-year-old midfielder was unable to leave Dynamo Moscow due to British sanctions imposed on Russia following their invasion of Ukraine.
Chelsea and Dynamo had agreed a fee with the Premier League club activating Zakharyan’s £12.6m release clause.
Arsen Zakharyan’s £12.6m move from Dynamo Moscow to Chelsea fell through last week
Russia sanctions prevented the 19-year-old midfielder (right) from traveling to England
However, Dynamo revealed on deadline day that the move fell through as Chelsea reportedly struggled to transfer the funds to the Russian club.
Russian international Zakharyan, considered one of the most promising talents in world football, still hopes to be able to 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 accepted [to the move].
‘I hope everything will be fine. The next window? Maybe.
“Of course, the level is much higher there than in the Russian Premier League, but anything is possible.
‘Maybe it would work there. I could always be loaned out.
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Zakharyan has shut down rumors that he was ready to change nationality to secure the move.
“I had no intention of changing anything. I was going to play there and nothing else,” he added.
A statement from Dynamo on Thursday said: “On August 25, we received an offer from Chelsea for Arsen Zakharyan.
“For several days there have been intense negotiations between Dynamo and Chelsea, in which our club has taken a constructive position.
“However, it is not possible to transfer a player in this summer transfer window for a number of technical reasons beyond our control.”
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Agent Rafaela Pimenta also told Sport Express: “Today it is impossible to close Zakharyan’s transfer during the summer transfer window.
‘This transfer is only frozen in winter, but it is possible. Now we are still working to make sure Dinamo can get money from Chelsea.
Zakharyan scored nine goals and registered nine assists in 34 appearances for Dynamo last season, and has already been linked with a number of top clubs.