The Blues may have been handed a transfer ban by FIFA but have started targetting players to sign in the summer transfer window.
FIFA, the international governing body of football, recently handed English Premier League outfit Chelsea with a two-window transfer ban after it found the club had breached rules. However, the West London club have already started scouting players ahead of the summer transfer window.
According to reports in the ESPN, Chelsea have reportedly scouted young Brazilian defensive midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. Guimaraes, a 21-year-old midfielder who plays for Brazilian outfit Athletico Paranaense, has been scouted by numerous clubs and ESPN claims Chelsea sent a scout to watch the player in action for his club against Boca Juniors.
The future of numerous Chelsea players are uncertain. Their top man Eden Hazard is linked with a move to Spanish behemoths Real Madrid, while Callum Hudson-Odoi is linked to Bayern Munich.
Even the future of their gaffer Sarri remains uncertain. If FIFA delays Chelsea’s transfer ban, it will hand the West Londoners a chance to sign enough players so they could cope with the ban in the next two windows.
Guimaraes has played in 32 matches for Athletico Paranaense. Reports suggest that Italian clubs AC Milan and Napoli, along with French Ligue One’s Lille are also interested in signing the midfielder.
However, it remains if FIFA’s Appeal Committee will delay or remove the ban on April 11. If the federation decides not to delay the ban, it will be a massive blow to the club given many of their players are linked with exits.
If the ban is delayed, Chelsea will have to convince the player of a move to West London and meet his release clause, which is set at €40million.
Currently, Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League points table and will have to hope for Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur to drop points in order to make it into the top-four, which grants them a spot in the UEFA Champions League.
A lot of Chelsea’s plans depends on the decision FIFA’s Appeal Committee will take on April 11. Should they delay, Chelsea are allowed to sign players.