Chelsea’s dream of a summer spending spree has been dashed after being banned from signing players for the next two transfer windows, according to Sky Sports.
The Blues were found guilty of breaching rules relating to signing teenagers.
What this means is that Maurizio Sarri would have to work with the same set of players until the summer of 2020.
FIFA said Chelsea had been found to have “breached article 19 of its regulations in the case of 29 minor players and to have committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players.”
The Blues were lucky to finalise Christian Pulisic’s deal early however all other potential targets will be put on hold. This includes Real Madrid winger, Gareth Bale.
According to reports, the Welshman has agreed on terms with the Blues who are resigned to losing Eden Hazard.
Bale was allegedly included in the deal that would have seen the Belgian land at the Bernabeu.
However, that’s no longer the case following Chelsea’s transfer embargo. This could ultimately open the door for Bale’s potential summer return to Spurs or even Manchester United, as the Welshman continues to struggle in Spain.
The 29-year-old made his name in six years in North London, tearing defences with his pace, skill set and strength.
He joined Los Blancos in 2014 but appears desperate to leave after falling out of favour with Santiago Solari. Bale has managed just six goals this season.
Spurs would welcome him back with open arms for sure, but Manchester United may also be looking to replace Alexis Sanchez in the summer, with the Chilean international seriously struggling for form and fitness since arriving at Old Trafford.