Chelsea have the likes of Kovacic and Higuain while a deal for Pulisic has already been agreed but how does the transfer ban affect their dealing?
Chelsea have been banned from the transfer market for two windows. This comes after Fifa found them guilty of a serious and systemic breach of the rules regarding their dealings with foreign players under the age of 18. The club swiftly said they would appeal. The governing body announced the sanction on Friday. It carried out a lengthy investigation into how the club has registered players at their academy.
The Pulisic deal
One player whose move to Chelsea has been put in doubt by the transfer ban is Christian Pulisic. The United States of America international was signed by the London club in January 2019 and immediately loaned back to former club Borussia Dortmund until July.
Nevertheless, according to several sources, Christian Pulisic’s impending move to Chelsea should be completed without a snag, since the club had already signed and registered him before loaning back. However, this remains unconfirmed and subject to change.
Eden Hazard’s future
The Belgian announced recently that he had made a decision on his future, having long been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, but his situation may now change. His contract runs to 2020 and there was a chance he could be sold this summer, but Chelsea may now shut the exit door since they wouldn’t be able to replace him. This, though, could see him depart as a free agent in the summer of 2020.
Higuain and Kovacic loans
The Argentine’s situation might be the most complicated. He is on loan from Juventus until June of 2019 and there is a purchase option that will be obligatory should he fulfil some conditions that are very much achievable, yet activating this option would be viewed by FIFA as a new transfer. If the transfer ban is applied before the Blues can extend the striker’s contract then he would have to return to Juventus, so Chelsea are expected to ask for a provisional suspension of the sanction.
Kovacic’s rights belong to Real Madrid, but he is currently on loan at Stamford Bridge. The 24-year-old has said he is happy in London. Even if he would like to stay, this sanction could change the situation. Chelsea’s intention was to negotiate a permanent transfer with Real Madrid, but that now seems impossible given their transfer ban.
The Morata situation
The Spanish striker is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid and his rights still belong to Chelsea. His loan deal runs until the summer of 2020. But there is a clause in his contract that would allow the Blues to recall him this June. Yet Atletico Madrid could respond by triggering a purchase option at that moment in order to keep him.
This transfer ban will be a massive blow for the Blues and Maurizio Sarri in particular. The Italian is desperate to put his stamp on the team. Chelsea were expected to sign a few players to aid the transition. But now the plans are thrown out of the window unless the bad is overturned.