Following the news of Chelsea’s transfer ban, which will run for the next two windows, a number of clubs who were hoping to buy one of the Blues’ loanees have been handed a blow.
The west-London based side will not be allowed to bring anyone in until the summer of 2020, but will be allowed to sanction departures from the club – exits seem unlikely, however, as Chelsea will have no means of replacing them.
As a result, Crystal Palace, who are currently enjoying having Michy Batshuayi on loan at the club after his deadline day arrival, will find it much harder to secure the Belgian international on a permanent deal in the summer.
Maurizio Sarri’s current options are 32-year-old Olivier Giroud and 31-year-old Gonzalo Higuain, the latter of whom is only on a loan deal which can be extended until June 2020 for £15.6m, or made permanent for £31.3m.
As a result, Batshuayi will most likely be needed at Stamford Bridge.
Every cloud has a silver lining, however, and Chelsea’s transfer ban should give their hopes of keeping Aaron Wan-Bissaka at the club a real boost.
The Blues have been credited with an interest in the England Under-21 international in recent times.
Given the Eagles’ financial struggles in recent windows, where they have had to make do with loans and free transfers amongst the odd fee splashed here and there, the most plausible way in which they could’ve afforded Batshuayi would probably have been to allow Wan-Bissaka to go the other way.
It will be disappointing for Palace that their lengthy search for a striker will likely have to resume when the summer window opens, but they will at least be buoyed by the fact that one of the clubs sniffing around their most precocious talent has been left inactive in the transfer market.