Chelsea were slapped with a two-window transfer ban early this year after FIFA found Chelsea guilty of 29 breaches of regulations over transferring minors, with the key case being that of former attacking midfielder Bertrand Traore.
Chelsea’s initial appeal to FIFA was rejected last month and the Blues have now appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a two-window ban.
The Blues won’t be able to make any signing during the summer transfer window as it has emerged the appeal won’t be heard until after the window slams shut.
According to The Sun, CAS has published the list of cases that will be heard over the rest of the summer – with the Chelsea appeal’s not among them.
The list of 18 cases starts on June 12 and takes the Court in Lausanne up to August 14.
The English transfer window will close the day before the season starts on Friday August 9, which means Chelsea will be unable to sign new players this summer.
Surprisingly, Chelsea opted against asking CAS to freeze the transfer ban while the case is considered even though the club would have been allowed to ask for a transfer freeze.
According to The Sun, while Chelsea could still ask for a freeze, the Blues are likely to opt to try to persuade the Court to cut the ban in half, allowing them to make signings in January, arguing that not being able to register players in the summer window is far more significant.