Written by Ben Gilbert Produced by Tifo Studios

In February 2019, FIFA ruled that Chelsea had breached rules relating to the registration of players under 18. Consequently, their only summer acquisition involving a fee was Mateo Kovačić, who completd his transfer from Madrid a year after agreeing an initial loan deal.

The ban has genuine ramifications for a team who, according to Transfermarkt, have an annual player expenditure in the region of £100m and who have always relied upon the short pulses of improvement that player trading can provide.

But they’ll now have to do without until the summer of 2020, having been judged to have committed 29 breaches of Article 19 and stand accused of serious and systemic failings in their dealings with minors.

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