Chelsea will be able to complete the permanent signing of Gonzalo Higuain this transfer window. Juventus striker arrived at Stamford Bridge from his loan at AC Milan in the winter on a temporary basis, but the Blues have the option to buy him for £31 million this summer.
That clause was in doubt though, after FIFA imposed a transfer ban on the club until January 2020 over breaking the rules when signing foreign under-18 players.
However, Tuttosport claims the Blues should be able to sign Higuain permanently or renew his loan at the end of the campaign because it would not require a new registration on FIFA’s Transfer Matching System, meaning the Premier League giants are unlikely to face a significant attacking dilemma.
FIFA stated it found breaches in 29 cases of 92 investigated into the Stamford Bridge side, including the signing of striker Bertrand Traore, now representing French club Lyon.
The charge came with a fine worth £460,000, while the Football Association were also fined £390,000.
FA Cup holders sent Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan as Gonzalo Higuain joined and it is unclear whether they would be able to recall him if the Argentine’s permanent move falls through.
If not, the options for the 2019-20 season would be 32-year-old Olivier Giroud and promising striker Tammy Abraham, who has scored 21 goals in the Championship.
The young Englishman is playing under former Chelsea defender Jonh Terry, who is at the moment coaching Aston Villa as the Birmingham club tries win the promotion to the Premier League