That’s the suggestion BBC Sport insider David Ornstein.The Premier League club have been handed a transfer ban until the summer of 2020 by FIFA aft
That’s the suggestion BBC Sport insider David Ornstein.
The Premier League club have been handed a transfer ban until the summer of 2020 by FIFA after being found to have breached regulations relating to the signing of under-18 players from abroad.
Chelsea contested the ban and will take their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the world’s governing body rejected their attempts to freeze the ban.
The transfer window for Premier League clubs opened earlier today although English teams cannot officially register players from foreign clubs until June 11, when the FIFA Transfer Matching System opens.
But as it stands, Chelsea are barred from bringing in new players. They hope they will be able to suspend their ban to at least have one window to bolster their squad before their year-long punishment, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid among those to previously be afforded such respite.
Yet Ornstein’s latest update on the situation means that even if Chelsea are allowed a one-window freeze, they could only have a matter of weeks to conduct any business.
The 2019 summer window for Premier League teams shuts at 5pm on Thursday August 8, two days before the new campaign gets underway.
And according to the BBC Sport expert, Chelsea’s situation may not be resolved for another two months – putting further doubt over the future of Eden Hazard and several other Blues stars.
Ornstein told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Chelsea, their recruitment this summer all rests on the transfer ban that they’ve been handed down.
“I’ve heard suggestions the Court of Arbitration for Sport might not rule on their case until July, which comes right bang in the middle of the window.
“They really do need a centre forward and want a centre forward badly.
“If the ban stands they have to make a decision on triggering the clause in Olivier Giroud’s contract to extend his deal, they could bring Michy Batshuayi back from Crystal Palace, Tammy Abraham from Aston Villa.
“If the ban doesn’t stand I’ve heard names like Edinson Cavani from PSG who of course had a bit of a fall-out with Neymar and PSG are looking to offload him.
“Possibly even Marco Asensio.”
Chelsea currently look set to lose Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer with the Belgian having hinted at a desire to play for Los Blancos for almost a year.
Rumours suggest an announcement will be made on the Chelsea forward’s future after the Europa League final on May 29, when Chelsea face London rivals Arsenal in Baku, Azerbaijan.