FIFA have slapped a two-window transfer ban on Chelsea due to the club’s breaches of the rules concerning the transfer of players who are under 18 (talkSPORT).
The West London appealed FIFA’s ban to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (Express).
However, the Sun now reports that the case will not be heard until after the summer and that the ban will not be frozen until the case is heard. CAS published the list of 18 cases that will be heard by the court over the rest of the summer, and Chelsea’s is not among the list.
This means that the Blues will not be able to sign a single player this summer. This comes as a massive blow for Chelsea, as they have already lost both star man Eden Hazard and manager Maurizio Sarri to Real Madrid and Juventus respectively this summer.
While the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham will look to invest in their squad this summer in order to narrow the gap between them and Manchester City and Liverpool, it looks like Chelsea fans have to endure another season of the same squad minus Eden Hazard.
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Chelsea only finished in the top 4 last season due to Hazard’s heroics, and so it is highly unlikely that they will be able to compete with the other top teams without their star man.
This ban is not only good for Tottenham as it eliminates a potential rival for their summer targets, but this will also make it easier for the Lilywhites to retain Champions League qualification next season.
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