Chelsea have asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to suspend their ban on registering players until after the appeal has been decided. This could mean that Chelsea will be able to sign players in January if the appeal hasn’t been finalised by then.
“Both Chelsea FC and (Gael) Kakuta have requested that the FIFA decision be stayed pending the outcome of the CAS arbitration,” a CAS statement read.
“A decision concerning the request for a stay is likely to be issued by the CAS at the beginning of November.”
If Chelsea are successful, they are likely to buy a few players in January as insurance against the FIFA ban being upheld, but the club believe they have more than enough evidence to support their appeal, and think that the ban will be overturned.