Blues appearing to accept ban and rely on the youth next season
The Chelsea Echo understands that Chelsea ‘will definitely not be able to sign any players in the summer’ as reports coming out today have revealed that their appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport will not be heard until after the Summer transfer window ends.
The Blues have appealed to CAS against the two-window transfer ban that is currently imposed on them by the world’s governing body FIFA, but their case will not be heard on the current list of cases that the judicial body will be hearing over the summer.
The published list of cases – eighteen to be precise – will be heard starting today (12th June), with those cases expecting to take the court up until 14th August, six days after the English transfer window shuts ahead of the 2019-20 domestic season.
Chelsea could have asked CAS to have their transfer ban frozen whilst the case is considered, but the club decided to opt against that when filing their appeal last week.
With this latest development in the saga that has been going for months now, it means that Maurizio Sarri will not be able to bring any new players ahead of the new season, with Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill and Ola Aina already departing.
Chelsea can still sign either or both Mateo Kovačić and Gonzalo Higuaín for next season despite the transfer ban due to a loophole in the law as both players are still currently registered to the club as their loan spells don’t end until 30th June.
As part of the loan deal with Juventus, Chelsea negotiated the option to buy the Argentine striker for £31.3million or to extend his loan deal until June 2020 for £15.6million. The same stands for Kovacic too as the Croatian midfielder could be signed in the summer if Chelsea wish.
Despite this, Chelsea appears to be passing up the chance to sign both players on a permanent basis and will now rely on those returning from loan periods away from the club this past season. This includes the likes of Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi and Kurt Zouma.
Along with members of the ‘loan army’ appearing to be finally given a chance, youth prospects will also be integrated into the first-team squad for next season, with Reece James and Mason Mount the most notable names to be included.
The transfer window in England shuts the day before the 2019-20 season begins on 9th August, after clubs once again agreed to continue with their policy of no players coming in after the start of the campaign.