For a club that never seems too far away from some kind of drama or controversy, Chelsea have found themselves amidst yet another one. This time, the west London club has been found guilty of breaching rules in relation to signing youth players. The resulting punishment is a two window transfer ban until the end of January 2020.
With star player Eden Hazard having just 18 months left on his contract and heavily rumoured to be on Real Madrid's summer shopping list, not to mention the future of current boss Sarri, Chelsea will have some major decisions to make over the coming period.
Of course, the likelihood is that Chelsea will take advantage of their 3 days to appeal and opt to do so. As we've seen historically with teams like Barcelona and Atletico Madrid when they were hit with similar transfer bans, an appeal usually runs just long enough for the convicted club to still deal in the upcoming transfer window.
This is also exactly what Chelsea themselves did back in 2009, when the signing of Gael Kakuta saw them hit with a transfer ban. After an appeal process, Chelsea came to an agreement that saw the ban lifted and were allowed to buy players during the January window before the ban was lifted in February 2010.
If this turns out to be the case, we can surely expect some heavy hitting transfer dealings both in and out of Chelsea this summer.
However, if the appeal is lodged and the ban upheld before the summer transfer window, where does that leave Chelsea?
On Football INDEX we've already seen a huge surge on players such as Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Ethan Ampadu and Dujon Sterling. Of course a common theme with most of those names is that they were expected to leave Chelsea sooner rather than later.
Of course, that might still be the case and if that proves to be so, then both Hudson-Odoi and Abraham will likely still prove to be astute purchases.
Callum Hudson-Odoi in particular had already been on the kind of price surge that can be most likened to Jadon Sancho. With the two sharing similar circumstances of being an obviously hugely talented player but not being given a fair chance at their respective clubs, resulting in a big foreign team pushing to sign them.
It would seem then that any outcome from this latest news can only be good news for Football INDEX investors who have him in their portfolios.
There is also another potential side to this story with Chelsea seemingly on the brink of abandoning their Sarriball vision by sacking current boss Sarri. We had already heard rumours of former club legend Frank Lampard being amongst the favoured choices to replace him and a transfer ban could accelerate both of those decisions.
Lampard would surely be looked at as an ideal man to steady the ship in troubled times and has the added bonus of having worked with younger players at Derby. In particular of course Mason Mount who has been earning rave reviews for the Championship club.
If Lampard were to take over the blues, again it would offer plenty of opportunities on the INDEX. If the ban is upheld and no incoming transfers can be made, he would be much more likely to play the younger players and give them a chance they otherwise would likely not receive.
On the flip side, if they do manage to delay an appeal process long enough to make use of the summer 2019 transfer window, Lampard (or indeed any other manager) would look to bring in players to sustain them for the following seasons and could open the door to Hazard still leaving.
The coming days and weeks will potentially see a flurry of activity at Chelsea and Football INDEX traders would be well advised to keep themselves fully on the ball to see what unveils.
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