Chelsea have been banned by FIFA from signing new players for two transfer windows for breaching the rules around the transfer of minors.
FIFA found Chelsea guilty of breaching article 19 of FIFA’s regulations with regards to the transfer of 29 minor players and article 18 regarding two further minors.
With Chelsea being banned from two successive windows, this could harm the club’s plans to overhaul the current squad, and with a number of Chelsea players already in their 30’s and running out of contracts, Chelsea are at a disadvantaged position.
The likes of Eden Hazard, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud, Willian, David Luiz, Gary Cahill are running out of their current contracts, and their departure could frustrate Chelsea furthermore.
Speaking about the ban that has been imposed on the club, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri that the club will find a way out of the situation, and also admitted that he will improve the current players he has at his disposal.
“I don’t know the situation well, but I know the club are working,” he said. “So I think they can solve this problem. Maybe for this summer, maybe not. But they are working. I think that, first of all, we need to improve these players.
“Because we cannot buy 20 players in the market because they aren’t 20 players ready for Chelsea in the market. It’s very difficult to find a player ready immediately for this level, so I think the first target is to improve these players.”
Chelsea have confirmed the ban will be appealed by the club. The Blues will first appeal to FIFA and then the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Chelsea have a plan to bypass FIFA’s ban at least for this summer’s transfer window. Even if FIFA rejects Chelsea’s appeal, the process is likely to see the start of Chelsea’s transfer ban delayed until after the summer, meaning the Blues would be able to sign players when the window reopens.