Chelsea may not be able to extend Gonzalo Higuain loan without special permission

It’s the second half of the international break, and so news outlets are really groaning under the pressure of pouring out content without any recent matches to write about.

That includes Football.London who have been delving into Chelsea’s non-pitch issues right now – notably the transfer ban hanging over us. They talk over a few players whose futures are uncertain.

Christian Pulisic is an easy one – he’s our player on loan at Dortmund, so when his loan there is completed he reverts to our control.

So far, so good.

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But what about Gonzalo Higuain? The striker is on loan from Juventus, but it’s a six month deal, with the option for an extension.

If it had been an 18 month loan it would have been fine, as he would simply be keeping his registration with us. But the fact that it ends (with the option of adding a year for a serious payment) means that FIFA aren’t likely to let it happen – unless we totally misunderstand our punishment.

Football.London say it will be a “registration matter with FIFA”, which we think means that they think that we could appeal to them to let us have him, as it’s a borderline case.

But the way that we see it, they could very easily just say no. And given we’re being punished, why would they bend the rules in our favour?