English Premier League outfit Chelsea have been handed a ban from recruiting new players for the next two transfer windows owing to the offence of involving in transfer deals that has to do with minors, according to the FIFA rules.
An effort to appeal the ban was rejected by the world football governing body which cast doom to the Blues for next season as they will not be able to secure all of their key targets in a bid to compete for a major trophy next season.
However, there is consolation for the West London outfit as they still have the opportunity to secure the signature of Italian Serie A outfit Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on a permanent deal as the ban will not affect that.
The Blues had secured the signature of the Argentina international on a loan deal with the hope of landing him on a permanent deal in subsequent transfer windows, should he give a quality performance.
Chelsea will, therefore, have the opportunity to activate the option of signing Higuain for £31 million despite the ban because of the already existing deal.
Meanwhile, the Blues will also welcome Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund having already finalized the deal in the last winter transfer window.