It looks like Chelsea will be forced to accept that they will be unable to sign any new players this summer, report agencies.
The Blues have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the two transfer window ban handed down to them by Fifa after they were found guilty of breaching rules related to the signing of young players.
But The Sun report that the CAS will not hear the Stamford
Bridge club’s case until after 14 August, when this summer’s transfer window will already have closed.
A total of 18 cases will be heard by the CAS this summer but Chelsea’s will reportedly not be one of them, meaning it looks like they will be unable to sign any new players until January 2020 at the earliest.
They could ask for the transfer ban to be frozen – meaning it could still come into effect at a later date if they lose their appeal – but The Sun say they are more likely to ask for it to reduced to just the summer window, which would enable them to sign players again in January.
As things stand, the Premier League club still don’t know who their manager is going to be next season. Current boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to be become the new coach of Juventus and he could be replaced at the Bridge by club legend Frank Lampard.