Chelsea paid MILLIONS in agent fees days before Abramovich sanction but staff may not get their wages as crisis deepens

CHELSEA paid £35million in agent fees just days before being sanctioned by the government, according to reports.

The Blues' immediate future was plunged into doubt last week when owner Roman Abramovich had his assets frozen by the UK government.

Fears now surround the club that its staff may not be paid at the end of the month.

Agents that have worked with the West Londoners, however, look to be fine for now.

According to The Athletic, £35m in agent fees has been splurged by the Blues over the last 12 months.

This represents a higher amount than any other Premier League club.

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More than 1,000 club employees now find themselves surrounded in uncertainty.

Technical director Petr Cech admitted that he 'didn't have the answers' as to whether employees will be paid.

The Czech said: "We hope so, we hope the people working for the club are able to earn their salaries and live their lives.

"Hopefully, as I said, this is a difficult situation and a difficult question for me to answer because the licence could change as it is a day to day situation."

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Fears have been raised that Chelsea may not be able to operate until the end of the season.

The Blues cannot receive any further revenue from ticket or merchandise sales.

They have a £28million monthly wage bill.

British billionaire Nick Candy is interested in buying his beloved Blues.

A spokesperson said: “We welcome the news that the sale of the club will be conducted quickly.

“This is a reassuring development for fans after a week of great uncertainty.

“If the club requires money to operate in the short term, Mr Candy would be happy to help ensure it has the necessary financial resources, subject to Government regulation.”

Candy, who has plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge, is a Chelsea season ticket holder.

And he was in attendance for yesterday’s 1-0 win against Newcastle.

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