Chelsea Keen To Make Youcef Atal Move?

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Real Madrid were successful in getting a similar ban halved, and that would allow Chelsea to dip into the transfer market to strengthen a struggling squad as early as this coming January.

Chelsea are now banned from making new signings until next summer, although some club officials are hopeful that the suspension could be reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Chelsea are reportedly planning to launch a £35 million bid for Nice defender Youcef Atal if they are able to get their transfer ban lifted before then.

The 28-year-old who joined the Reds from Schalke for free in 2016, signed a four-year deal with the Merseyside club.

It has also been claimed that Chelsea will go for Valencia left-back Jose Gaya when the transfer ban is due to end next summer.

Talksport have picked up on a story by Soccer Link, which claimed the Spain global could be on his way to Stamford Bridge.

Marcos Alonso was the first choice left-back previous year but the Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order this campaign thanks to some fine performances from Emerson during the pre-season tour.

The player is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2022.

But unlike Emerson, the contact talks for the England global is nearly in the final stages and as per reports, he is on the verge of agreeing to a new £180,000-a-week five-year contract.

And the Express have picked up on a story by Goal.com suggesting that Chelsea are looking to cement his long-term future at the club.

Chelsea expect the transfer ban to be lifted in January, according to the Mirror.

Chelsea have already served half of the sentence imposed by Federation Internationale de Football Association over breaches of transfer rules relating to worldwide minors and were unable to register new players over the summer.

Chelsea now are struggling to build up momentum in the English Premier League but behind the scenes, the club is making some really good progress.

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