If things weren’t complicated enough at Stamford Bridge, now that Chelsea has been served a two-year transfer ban, hell is about to break loose for the Blues.
Chelsea can’t sign more players until July 2020 and with the team already under fire because of Maurizio Sarri’s lack of ability to lead them to the top 4, it looks like the Blues are set to face a very tough time.
The ban was imposed by FIFA’s disciplinary committee, as it had found out that the club had broken several rules regarding the signing of as much as 29 players under the age of 18.
“This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players,” said FIFA in their statement.
Ever since the start of the Abramovich era at Chelsea, the team has been known for his transfer policy, signings dozens of players and then loaning them back to help them find some first-team action.
The team was also served a £460,000 fine and even though they’re supposed to appeal this decision, the ban is unlikely to be lifted any time soon.
Moreover, perhaps this transfer ban may come as a blessing in disguise for the team, as they’ll have to focus most of their efforts on keeping both Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
As for Sarri, the team has been reportedly considering several options to take over as interim coaches should the Italian continue to mess up and lose against Manchester City next Sunday.
Chelsea’s currently sitting at the 6th spot of the Premier League table, tied at 5o points with Arsenal and trailing Manchester United by 1 point.