Chelsea’s transfer ban reduced
Chelsea were unable to sign any players this past summer after being hit with a two-window transfer ban back in February of 2019.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. Read more on @FIFAcom https://t.co/iTpcozM7Mz
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) February 22, 2019
Said ban would have also have meant that Chelsea could not sign anyone in the upcoming winter window.
However, the Blues would appeal their ban last month to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Now, on Friday the 6th of December, it has been reported by Sky Sports News that Chelsea are free to sign players in January after their ban was halved.
The report from Sky goes on to explain why the CAS reduced Chelsea’s ban:
CAS say they have reduced the ban as they found Chelsea guilty of breaching two of its regulations on player transfers, specifically regarding bringing in U18s and ‘third-party influence’ but “for a significantly smaller number of players (about 1/3 of the violations found by FIFA)”.
Zaha to Chelsea?
Sticking with Chelsea and transfers, the Independent recently published a report with the headline ‘Chelsea transfer news: Wilfried Zaha contact made ahead of potential summer move from Crystal Palace’.
The report was published on Thursday, before news broke of Chelsea’s ban being lifted.
In the report, it stated that Chelsea remain interested in signing Zaha, and that the Blues have spoken to intermediaries about the possibility of a deal next summer.
But, given the fact that Chelsea are now free to sign players in January, perhaps we could see them move for Zaha next month?
The Ivorian had a pretty poor start to the 2019/20 season. but his form has improved in recent weeks, scoring in two of Palace’s last three league outings.