The Chelsea Football Club have been slapped with a two-season transfer embargo. And instead of accepting their fate, the Blues big bosses were said to have appealed their case. They are said to be waiting for a final verdict in the coming days.
The Blues were slapped with the transfer ban over the alleged recruitment of foreign minors. The Stamford Bridge club asked that the ban be frozen while they wait for the final decision. If the ban stays, Chelsea will have to wait for two years before they can sign new players.
Lately, the English club lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, and in the event that CAS withhold Chelsea’s plea, the Blues will have no choice but to focus on either their existing players or recall all on-loan players to join the first team. Also hurting the club are injuries affecting their players like Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi suffer from Achilles tendon rupture. James suffers from ankle injuries while knee injuries continue to sideline Rudiger.
However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said that the Blues have not filed anything for that specific request. In a statement, a CAS spokesperson said, “For a challenged decision to be stayed during the CAS proceedings, a specific request to this effect must be made.
“At the time of writing, a request has not been filed in the Chelsea / FIFA matter. Accordingly, the FIFA decision remains in force.”
Should the ban be frozen, the Blues can then push the transfer embargo until the next summer, allowing them to buy time and sign new players who can replace Hazard and those that were always on their radar.
Reportedly, the Blues took interest in Leon Bailey. Bailey is currently playing for Bayer Leverkusen and is also being targeted by Manchester United and Liverpool. David Neres and Goncalo Guedes are also on Chelsea’s wishlist.