Blues should learn this week whether they can buy players this summer
In news that was revealed late last night, Chelsea should learn next week as to whether they are free to buy players this summer or whether their transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA will stay in place.
The Premier League side were initially handed a two-window ban by FIFA in February for signing under-age non EU players.
They had expected it to be suspended over the summer while they appealed against the sentence, as it was the case for La Liga’s Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid in similar circumstances.
But FIFA stunned Chelsea by insisting that the ban would apply immediately, potentially leaving them facing a tumultuous summer if the ban was to stay imposed.
However, earlier this month Chelsea appealed against the immediate enforcement of the ban, arguing that given that the alleged offences – which they still dispute – took place at the same time as the Spanish clubs, they should not be treated any differently.
Earlier yesterday, it was reported that Chelsea’s appeal process against the transfer ban currently imposed on them by FIFA is still ongoing.
And according to sources within world football’s governing body, a decision regarding the ban from the appeals committee at FIFA headquarters in Zurich appeared to not be ‘anytime soon’.
But it now seems that FIFA has in fact told Chelsea that they should expect a verdict two weeks after their appeal – which took place on April 11th – meaning that the outcome of the appeal hearing should be made known within the next few days.
So what could happen to Chelsea? The verdict outcome could be one of the following:
• The transfer ban stays in place until the end of the summer 2020 window.
• The transfer ban is frozen until another period of time past the summer 2019 window.
• The transfer ban can be adjusted in length (halved for example).
• The transfer ban is lifted entirely and Chelsea is free to sign players with no restrictions.
If the verdict does indeed come next week, the club will find out if they can proceed with summer transfer plans, or if they then have to launch a new appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) if FIFA’s verdict goes against them.
Despite being under the ban, Chelsea have been continued to be strongly linked with many players within England and across Europe, including Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, Leicester City’s left-back Ben Chilwell, Lille’s Ivorian winger Nicolas Pépé and Serbian striking sensation Luka Jović from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.