Philippe Coutinho, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale: these players were considered as possible transfer targets for Chelsea, however, the Blues will not be able to sign anyone.
According to the Blues boss, it will “not be easy” to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City next season, after an unsuccessful appeal against FIFA’s transfer ban.
The Blues are banned from signing players during the next two transfer windows until the end of January 2020.
The only change to the original Fifa ban is that the Blues can sign under-16 players from the UK during the suspension period. Chelsea’s fine of £460,000 by world football’s governing body also remains.
It followed the investigation into their signing of foreign under-18 players. Chelsea will now appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
However, it is unlikely, that they will accept Chelsea’s appeal.
Everything is not bad for the Blues, because they have a number of high-profile players out on loan that they can all on. They also have dozens of youth players out on loan.
“Every month I have a report on every player on loan; we have about 45,” Sarri said. “There are two or three players who have been out on loan this season who are interesting. I do not want to name names now. But the level they have been playing at must be considered.”
Chelsea will now have to do everything within their power to lock down the clubs best players including Eden Hazard amid interest from Real Madrid but also they will need to call on loan players.
Here are nine players Chelsea may have to call upon.
Reece James, 19, has been out on loan at Wigan. The right-back headed back to Cobham this week following his stunning season with Paul Patrick’s side.
James enjoyed a brilliant campaign at the DW Stadium, playing 44 times in the Championship. He scored three goals and created three assists.
The right-back finished the season in midfield and with the captain’s armband.
James, who has already shown first team potential, will be a perfect replacement for 29-year-old Cesar Azpilicueta.