Chelsea are preparing for all situations after FIFA slapped them with a two-window transfer ban.
The Blues have been banned by the governing body from registering players this summer or in January 202 after allegedly breaking rules over the signing of youth players.
Chelsea refute the claims and are looking to appeal the vedict. As part of their appeal, the Blues requested that FIFA freeze the transfer ban until after the appeals process takes its course, like they allowed for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico.
However, that request was rejected and Chelsea are heading to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to see if they can get the decision overturned before the summer window opens.
But for now the Blues are not going to be able to sign players, and it could have big impact on some of their key stars and its most controversial contract policy.
The Blues are well known for not giving more than one-year contract extensions to those players that are over 30, and Chelsea have a big list of those whose current deals are expiring soon.
The transfer ban could then have an affect on the Blues and the way that they go about their business with the current players at their disposal.
Of course, the Blues have 42 players out on loan that they can use for the upcoming 2019/20 campaign, however there are some key players already in Maurizio Sarri’s first team.
One of those is David Luiz, who has become an important member of Sarri’s first team and he admits that he is close to a new deal with the Blues to keep him there for another season.
Willian and Pedro both have contracts that run out in 2020, but with the transfer ban looming both players could well be in for extensions if Chelsea decide to secure their future.
One player who is set to move on is Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has proved that he is a real asset to the Blues, scoring nine goals in the Europa League on their way to the quarter-finals.
However, the 32-year-old is frustrated by a lack of game time and has hinted at a move back to France.
The issue with breaking the policy and giving players 30 or over more than one-year deals is that if they do it with one player then they have set a precedent for the rest.
The transfer ban may tempt the Blues board to break their rule, however, but the first thing is to try to get it overturned on appeal.