As Sky Sports report, FIFA have denied Chelsea’s request to postpone the transfer ban which will see us be unable to register new players for two transfer windows.
The ban relates to the illegal signing of minors, which is a similar offence to what saw Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid sanctioned in the past. Unlike the Spanish trio, however, Chelsea have been given no leniency by FIFA. The ban stands.
It’s devastating news, no doubt, with Maurizio Sarri’s squad far from where he would like it to be, but Chelsea can survive it by looking for replacements from within. Here’s five loanees who could be part of the squad next season in wake of this news.
Perhaps the most obvious choice, Bakayoko has been a revelation for AC Milan this season. Though he was unable to produce his best performance level in a Chelsea shirt, he has been back to his best during his stint at the San Siro.
It’s difficult to see Milan passing up an opportunity to sign him permanently, considering just how important he has become for Gennaro Gattuso, but Chelsea’s midfield could certainly do with his steel – especially seeing as we can’t recruit it externally.
This transfer ban could turn into an opportunity for our academy products to spread their wings. If that proves to be the case, nobody would deserve a spot in Chelsea’s squad more than 2017/18 academy player of the year Reece James.
James took the plunge into professional football by joining Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan. He’s taken to life in the Championship like a fish to water and could genuinely nail down the starting spot on the right-hand-side of our defence for a decade.
After an electric start to life at Derby County under the stewardship of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, Mason Mount has tailed off a tad. However, that often tends to be the case during a young player’s development. It’s not a fair reflection of his quality.
Mount has it all in his locker, from an expansive passing range to his goal-scoring contributions. He’s not yet ready to start for Chelsea, but having him around as part of the squad would give us a different option in the middle of the park.
Tammy Abraham came close to being part of Chelsea’s squad for this current season. He spent pre-season working under Sarri, even being included in the squad for the Community Shield, before signing for Aston Villa on a season-long loan on the 31st of August.
Abraham has scored 21 goals in 29 appearances this term, once again proving that he’s a cut above the Championship. If Olivier Giroud leaves at the season’s end, when his current contract is due to expire, we have a home-grown replacement in Tammy.
Michy Batshuayi is fast proving that the tough time he endured at Valencia was merely a blip. The Belgian has doubled his La Liga goal-scoring tally in ten less appearances at Crystal Palace, further proving how suited he is to life in the Premier League.
It is unclear how our transfer ban will affect any potential deal to sign Gonzalo Higuain on a permanent basis. We may well have no choice but to keep Batshuayi around as part of the squad next season, even if he isn’t to Sarri’s taste.
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