Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is rethinking plans for a new sporting director appointment.
The Blues are set to delay plans to recruit a transfer guru until after the World Cup.
Boehly and right-hand man Behdad Eghbali are scouring the globe for a sporting director to help buy the biggest names and source up-and-coming talent.
The two Americans had hoped to get a new person before November's finals in Qatar which is a huge showcase for players.
But after a potential move for Red Bull Salzburg's Christoph Freund failed to happen, Boehly is prepared to take his time with the appointment.
Bayer Leverkusen's Tim Steidten is another linked with a move to the Blues.