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No need for panic, but Blues must get their affairs in order

An obvious disclaimer: two weeks into the summer transfer window, there is absolutely no need for Chelsea supporters to panic over the club’s inaction in the market thus far. None whatsoever.

However, what is justifiable is concern that the upheaval behind the scenes is slowing business down at what has become a crucial juncture, less than a month after transfer-blocking sanctions on the club were lifted.

The timing of this week’s boardroom reshuffle is questionable; it was announced on Wednesday that chief transfer negotiator Marina Granovskaia – one of Roman Abramovich’s trusted lieutenants – is leaving the club, although she will remain available for the rest of the summer window.

It does feel as though that is something that could have waited until the summer was out of the way. Even if Granoskaia is continuing to work on an ad hoc basis, her imminent departure serves as a huge distraction at what is surely the busiest time of year in her role.

New owner Todd Boehly – who is still based in the US – will operate as interim sporting director while the search is ongoing for a replacement.


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