Chelsea currently find themselves in a huge mess both on and off the pitch with results not going there way while a transfer ban hangs over their heads.
And while the club will feel the former can easily be fixed with a managerial change as per, the sanction handed to them by FIFA is a bit more complicated.
Because of it, the Blues will be unable to sign Mateo Kovacic permanently with Marca (via Metro) reporting that the Real Madrid loanee could now look to join another Premier League club in the summer instead.
With that in mind, here are two potential consequences if Chelsea cannot buy Kovacic outright.
More Minutes For Ruben Loftus-Cheek
This season, when fit, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has had to settle for a place on the bench, much to the frustration of supporters.
When it comes to that No.8 position, Maurizio Sarri has opted to go with Kovacic and Ross Barkley instead.
But with the former possibly not returning to Stamford Bridge next season, that should open up a pathway for Loftus-Cheek, a midfielder who can bring much to this Chelsea team.
In the middle of the park, the 23-year-old is so powerful with his driving runs and can sometimes looks impossible to stop.
Return Of Mason Mount
Should Sarri still be in charge of Chelsea in the next campaign, then three No.8s are likely to be needed in the squad with that being a formula the Italian looks keen on.
And with Kovacic possibly no longer being there to be called upon and no replacement allowed to be brought in, there could be room for Mount to make a return.
The 20-year-old has impressed on loan at Derby County this season and technically looks capable of playing in a Sarri system.
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