FIFA refused to deny or confirm whether they were investigating Chelsea’s transfer of Bertrand Traore.
The Blues could be set to receive a similar ban to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, for breaking rules on signing young players from outside their jurisdiction.
The Catalan club has recently completed their ban, whilst the two from the Spanish capital are about to begin theirs from the end of the month.
Makes you wonder what the club scouts do when a ban is in place, they could visit the Tiki Island slot fansite in their spare time, it is not like their days will be full up scouting players they cannot sign for over a year.
FIFA were asked whether they were looking into the signing of Burkina Faso international Traore, with him having featured in friendly matches for the West-London club before his official signing in January 2014.
The organisation refused to comment on which transfers they were or were not looking into, which leads to the point, can Chelsea really afford to not sign players?
The Blues have been thoroughly disappointing so far this season, although a recent upturn in form has seen them remain unbeaten since Guus Hiddink’s return mid-way through December.
The Dutchman is only there on a temporary basis currently, but could be offered the long-term role if he continues to impress this term.
The club are yet to sign any players this window, despite their failings in the past months, but with a potential ban possibly over their heads, maybe they should be more active at the moment.
Alexandre Pato has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, having returned to fitness and form back in Brazil, although Hiddink said there was no truth in the speculation only a couple of weeks ago.
The caretaker boss could be excluded from the negotiations, or simply holding his cards close to his chest as Arsene Wenger does, but they do say there is no smoke without fire.
Another striker linked with a surprise move to Chelsea is Robin Van Persie, who is currently plying his trade in Turkey.
The former Arsenal and Manchester United striker has a huge 145 Premier League goals to his name, but surely at 32, and knowing he will be behind Diego Costa in the pecking order, this report must be false.
Where should Chelsea be strengthening? Can they really afford to go without signings for the next two windows?