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Crystal Palace should pray Chelsea transfer ban isn’t delayed, suggests Hasselbaink

By Harry Edwards

Published: 16:03, 24 May 2019

Crystal Palace need to be wary if Chelsea’s transfer ban is delayed, according to former Blues striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Chelsea are currently facing a two-window transfer ban for breaching regulations with regards to the signings and registration of international players under the age of 18.

Why should Palace want Chelsea’s ban to be upheld? Five key things to know…

  1. Chelsea are facing a two-window transfer ban for the signing and registration of minors.
  2. The Blues have already seen one appeal rejected by FIFA.
  3. But they are currently considering a second to the CAS with the hope of their ban being frozen while a decision is pondered.
  4. And Hasselbaink believes any delay to Chelsea’s ban would be bad news for Crystal Palace.
  5. The Dutchman has tipped his former club to target Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha if they’re free to sign players this summer.

After seeing their initial appeal rejected by Fifa, Chelsea are currently considering whether to take another appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. At the same time, the club will be hoping to conduct transfer business while the appeal is being heard, with the squad in need of serious surgery this summer.

And Hasselbaink, who spent four years with Chelsea between 2000 and 2004, believes any delay could spell bad news for Crystal Palace.

“If Chelsea don’t have a transfer ban, I think they’ll target two Crystal Palace players,” he told us-bookies.com.

“Firstly, Aaron Wan-Bissaka can push Cesar Azpilicueta for a starting place and will learn a lot from him. He’s a very good right-back, and can defend very well.

“And then Wilfried Zaha brings the excitement. If Eden Hazard goes, you need somebody to take players on.

“Yes, they have Callum Hudson-Odoi but any good side needs four wide players, especially if something happens to Pedro or Willian.

“I think it will be difficult for Crystal Palace to keep them, with all due respect. If they’re going to go, I think it’s best for them to stay in London.

“Yes, Wilfried Zaha had a difficult move to Man United that didn’t work out so I think it’d be good for him to stay in London.”

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Hasselbaink backs potential Chelsea move for Lampard

Alongside the transfer ban, Chelsea are reportedly thinking about a change in manager, just one year after hiring Maurizio Sarri.

Despite leading Chelsea back to the Champions League, as well as the Europa League and League Cup finals, Sarri has not won over Blues fans who have become disgruntled with the Italian’s playing style.

As a result, Chelsea have been linked with former midfielder Frank Lampard, who is currently with Derby County.

And Hasselbaink has urged his former club to be patient with their all-time record scorer, should Lampard get the job this summer.

He added: “If Chelsea get a transfer ban, I can see why they’d go for Frank Lampard. But let’s not forget there’s a manager in place at the moment who hasn’t had a bad year. It’s been difficult, but not bad.

“If they hire Frank, they will need to give him time. But I can understand why they want to go for him, and he’s with former Chelsea youth coach Jody Morris who knows all of the young players so I can see why. They would need to give him time to implement his way.”