Chelsea is to play hardball now that their transfer ban appeal has been rejected by Fifa starting with Atletico Madrid over striker Alvaro Morata.
The blues have one final avenue of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for sports but it is unlikely that will be any more successful than their appeal to FIFA and a two-window transfer ban is now an almost certainty.
This means they will not be able to sign any players over the age of 16 until next summer and therefore they will have to rely on players they have loaned out including Spaniard Morata.
Chelsea have a deal with Atletico that sees Morata loaned to them for a period of 18 months with an option to make the deal permanent for £18 Million, however, they can recall the player back this summer and have reportedly told the Spanish giants that they must make the deal permanent and pay up or the loan deal will be terminated.
This is just the start for Chelsea, they will not sanction the sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and players like Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi will also be forced to remain at Stamford Bridge.
No team will let it’s best players leave if they cannot replace them and that is the situation that the Europa League finalists find themselves in.