Chelsea are set to officially lodge their intention to appeal against FIFA’s transfer ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The Premier League club have been banned from signing any new players for the next two transfer windows after FIFA found them guilty of inducing teenager Gael Kakuta to breach his contract with Lens two years ago.
But the Premier League leaders are hopeful they can get the punishment reduced or overturned on appeal.
Chelsea are expected to request a ‘fast-track’ hearing when they lodge their full appeal with CAS.
However, CAS insist that while Chelsea can ask for the hearing to reach a speedy decision, the other party in the case has to agree for it to be fast-tracked. Once the club has notified CAS of its intention to appeal, which must be done tomorrow, they have a further 10 days to lodge the papers with them.
Chelsea have responded to the ban by looking to secure their current squad on long term deals, with Salomon Kalou and Brazilian defender Alex the latest players to agree contract extensions.