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CAS ruling on Chelsea transfer ban appeal not expected until December

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In time for January still?

The castel hosting the Court of Arbitrat Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

Chelsea’s transfer ban appeal hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport is set to go ahead tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20, but even though the recent confirmation of that date sent the rumor mill into a bit of a tizzy, the Court is not expected to render a verdict immediately.

According to reports however, we won’t have to wait too long to hear back: The Guardian are going with a vague “not until December” timeline and Goal with an even more generous “before January” expectation. Either way, a decision should arrive before the winter transfer window opens, which could thus see Chelsea swing immediately into action — although it seems rather optimistic to expect any of our supposedly primary targets, such as BVB’s Jadon Sancho or Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, to be available at this juncture.

That won’t prevent us from having to deal with a deluge of mostly silly transfer rumors, so perhaps for the sake of all of our sanity, it would be best if CAS just upheld FIFA’s decision. Chelsea will be back to business as usual in the summer either way, so what’s the big rush?