Chelsea may not sign as ruling on FIFA transfer ban drags on

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Chelsea’s appeal against their transfer ban is not yielding any result as Fifa are not close to ruling and this could means no signing for them this summer.

The Blues were banned from buying players for the next two windows in March as a punishment for breaching rules over the acquisition of foreign minors.

Chelsea denied any wrongdoing and lodged an appeal in the hope it would get overturned, reduced or at the very least delayed, which Barcelona (delayed) and Real Madrid (reduced after going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS) achieved in the past.

Despite beginning in Zurich on April 11, a Fifa source has told Standard Sport that proceedings are ‘still ongoing’ and that a decision ‘isn’t imminent yet’, though some reports on Sunday morning claimed that a decision could be made this week.

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The international transfer window officially remains until July 1, but terms can be agreed between clubs before that date.

As arrangements sets-in on the proviso of whether they can or can’t register new talent this summer, the lack of certainty means they are at a disadvantage compared to their rivals domestically and abroad.

If the Blues lose their appeal to Fifa, they are expected to take their case to CAS. But it remains unclear whether they could get a hearing in time to get a positive verdict, which would enable them to still recruit in the close season, or if going to CAS puts the censure on hold while waiting for the process to be resolved.

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Fifa’s ruling has come at a bad time for the club, who have failed to challenge for the title for a second year in a row currently eying a place to play in UEFA top flights next season.

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