Chelsea are set to be heard regarding their impending two-window transfer ban this Thursday. The club will be hoping that the ban will be frozen during the long winded appeal process which would free up this summer for transfers and then delay the ban to begin in January (if it remains following the appeal.)
There are three likely possible outcomes to the appeal; The ban remains, The ban is removed, or it is shortened. In any circumstance the club will be hoping that the ban isn’t active this summer while they appeal. Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all had recent transfer embargoes following a range of different Fifa rule-breaks however all three clubs did manage to have this ban delayed, allowing a prior summer window to sign players. However, at the last hearing Chelsea were told that they can appeal however the ban will be upheld during this process unlike it was for the Spanish clubs previously mentioned with the Blue’s claiming to be ‘astonished’ at this decision. The club look set to take this to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with the claim that Chelsea have been treated differently and unfairly to the Spanish clubs if FIFA don’t change their mind.
It’s reported that Chelsea’s appeal to FIFA is set for Thursday talks but it is unlikely any news regarding wether the ban will be frozen will be released any time soon, as FIFA want the ban to take place in the immediate two transfer windows. This poses problems for Chelsea with the likes of Higuain and Kovacic, both regular starters, only being on loan and multiple player contracts expiring at the end of the season. The club did well to secure Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic in January and then loan him back to the German club until the end of the season as this means he is already a registered Chelsea player and any transfer ban will not effect his arrival in the summer, whereas if he signed in a pre-arranged deal, similar to Naby Kieta’s move to Liverpool, then the club would not be able to register him and complete the signing in the summer.
With Chelsea’s huge ‘loan-army’ the club are probably more prepared than most for a transfer ban and could look to bring back the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James, Michy Batshauyi and Kurt Zouma as well as a selection of the other dozens of quality loanees dotted around Europe. However the club and the fans will be hoping for a better outcome with the transfer ban being at least delayed, this would allow the club to act on they’re reported interest in Luka Jovic who’s reportedly valued by Benfica (his parent club) at around £51M. Chelsea are also strongly linked to moves for Lyon’s Tanguay N’Dombele and Napoli right back Elsied Hysaj. With Real Madrid growing strongly ‘confident’ of signing Eden Hazard this summer for around £100M, according to Sky sources, Chelsea would be looking to reinvest their record received transfer sum and would certainly need improvements following a slightly disappointing season, especially with fan favourite and star player Eden Hazard leaving the club. Although, we see no reason why Callum Hudson-Odoi can’t fill those boots.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming article on what could happen at Chelsea next season if the ban remains in place.
written by Dan Barker | @danbarkzr