Chelsea will already be making plans for next summer’s transfer window – but are not lost on the fact their plans may be shelved should FIFA follow through with the proposed transfer ban.
As the Daily Mail reported at the the time, the Blues were charged by football’s governing body, FIFA, for breaching transfer rules regarding the signing of underage players in 29 different cases, especially that of Bertrand Traore who was eventually sold to Lyon.
FIFA has now sanctioned Chelsea from registering players until the summer of 2020 and that means the Premier League giants will not be able to bring in new players after this season, regardless what areas in the squad need strengthening.
That apparently affects the players who also want to move on for a variety of reasons. Andreas Christensen could be one, having played second fiddle to David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger this season.
He told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that the Chelsea players have been told by the club, they will not be allowed to leave with the transfer ban not looking like it would be overturned despite the club’s best efforts to put it on hold.
“The messages we’ve got are that Chelsea can’t appeal the case and therefore want to keep all the players. The situation I have ended up in has been very difficult to accept.”
Andreas Christensen, translated by the Daily Mail
It certainly doesn’t sound as though Andreas is particularly pleased to be stuck at Stamford Bridge. Even with the ban in place, we shouldn’t be holding players hostage who don’t want to be here.