What Chelsea can do to sign players next summer despite FIFA upholding the transfer ban

Chelsea have been told by the governing body of football, FIFA, that they will not be allowed to make transfers next summer, but there’s a way the Blues can still get in their targets in the next few months.

Maurizio Sarri has certainly put down a list of players he wants to bring in to beef up his current squad, as he pushes to get closer to Liverpool and Manchester City in quality. He needs to close the gap between his side and the table-topping clubs, but the transfer ban will be a major dent to his ambitions.

With the summer window just a few weeks away, Chelsea will lodge an appeal with CAS, which will suspend their punishment until their argument is heard again by the appeals committee. So the Blues can manage to bring in a few players before the punishment is confirmed.

That’s the theory at least. Precedent has shown CAS has always suspended contentious punishments while they are revised, but would it surprise anyone if they made an exception for us?