Chelsea will be unable to sign new players this summer after the club’s appeal was rejected by FIFA, though the Blues have revealed they will appeal FIFA’S judgement in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
FIFA’s transfer ban on Chelsea doesn’t mean the club can’t sign new players but Chelsea will be unable to register the players.
Despite the transfer ban handed on the club, Chelsea can still sign Gonzalo Higuain permanently this summer but the Blues will be unable to sign Mateo Kovacic.
Higuain and Kovacic are both on loan at Chelsea but while Higuain’s loan deal included an option for the Blues to extend the loan for another 12 months, paying Juve £15.7million or signing him permanently by paying £31million, Kovacic loan deal has no such clauses.
“The weird thing is they can buy players, they just can’t register them,” Mark Donaldson told ESPN FC.
“So there’s no point in buying them if you can’t register.
“Unless you think someone else might buy him and you just want to hold them.
“Higuain’s an interesting one.
“Under the terms of the loan deal that he signed, he can join permanently.
Higuain has scored five goals in 13 Premier League appearances for Chelsea to date.