Chelsea were recently dealt a major blow as they were slapped with a transfer ban until January 2020 after being found guilty for breaking rules in terms of signing foreign players under the age of 18. World football governing body FIFA claimed that it found breaches in 29 cases of 92 investigated, notably that of Bertrand Traore who left the Blues in 2017 in order to link up with French club Lyon.
As a result of their actions, the West London giants were also fined £460 000 while the Football Association were fined £390 000. The Blues, however, deny any wrongdoing and have appealed the decision. The news will definitely be a massive blow to Chelsea Football club, especially considering that the current squad clearly is in need of reinforcements.
In spite of there being a transfer ban, the club will still be able to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain on a permanent basis at the end of the season or extend his current loan deal, as reported by Italian source Tuttosport. The report added that the Blues will be able to possibly complete a permanent deal for the Argentine as this would not require a new registration to be made on FIFA’s Transfer Matching System.
Considering the current situation at Stamford Bridge, aiming to sign Higuain at the end of the season really should be a no-brainer. The 31-year-old is one of the world’s best strikers. After arriving on loan from Juventus during the January transfer window, he has gone on to score three Premier League goals from six appearances. If the club are unable to make any signings this summer, ensuring a top-six finish next term could be a very difficult task, especially when you consider that the club is likely to lose a couple of players at the end of the season. Some of the attackers who could leave at the end of the season include Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard.
The Blues must aim to get Higuain to either extend his stay at the club or agree to a new deal at the end of the season. He is a player who will definitely win them points and matches.