Chelsea are planning to sign midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal from Real Madrid this summer.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, via Sport Witness, Chelsea “intend” to complete a move for Kovacic, despite their transfer ban.
FIFA have imposed a two-window transfer ban on Chelsea after they breached rules relating to the transfer of youth players.
This means that Chelsea are unable to register players for the next two windows – this summer and next January.
However, the report claims that they could still sign Kovacic permanently and register him, as he was at the club on loan last season,
Chelsea signed Kovacic on a season-long loan from Real Madrid and are now looking to bring him back to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth €55m.
Kovacic made 51 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season, as Chelsea won the Europa League, but failed to score a goal for the club.
Youth players who could step up during transfer ban
The English centre-forward could be the number nine Chelsea have been missing in recent seasons.
The emergence of Reece James could allow Cesar Azpilicueta to play at centre-back in the future.
The talented midfielder was excellent for Derby in the Championship and could be ready for a breakthrough year at Chelsea next term.
If Frank Lampard joins Chelsea, he could give Tomori a chance to impress in the first-team after managing him at Derby.