As if things weren’t already problematic enough for Chelsea, their fortunes turned for the worse when FIFA banned them from transfer dealings for the next two transfer windows. It effectively means that Chelsea won’t be able to introduce new players anytime soon, hampering their hopes of boosting their squad after the season.
This ban can have a ripple effect in their own squad, especially with Eden Hazard looking to complete his dream move to Real Madrid soon. While the Blues can sell players, letting go of Hazard without an appropriate replacement will be suicide.
Management needs to work hard to convince him to stay for at least one more season. While Christian Pulisic’s transfer won’t be affected by the ban, Chelsea cannot rely on the youngster to fill Hazard’s shoes.
Not only Hazard, but they’ll also need to convince Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay. N’Golo Kante could also become frustrated to the point of no return unless played to his strengths, while the Blues need to find upgrades to Marcus Alonso and David Luiz. If not anything else, this ban will now test the resolve and patience of their players.
It’s only natural – why would the best in the world want to stay if their ambitions aren’t being matched by new signings?
Chelsea will find it difficult to challenge for top titles with this squad, and no top manager would want to replace Sarri without the option to sign players. The next few months are key to Chelsea’s immediate future, as certain top stars can mutiny and force their way out or stay and get them out of this difficult situation.