Real Madrid and Chelsea close to finalising Hazard and Kovacic signings

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Chelsea needs to sign "only one or two players" to bolster their squad for the next season if they manage to overturn or postpone FIFA's one-year transfer ban, manager Maurizio Sarri has said.

Denying any wrongdoing, Chelsea immediately lodged an appeal, with the case heard by FIFA's appeal committee last month.

Christian Pulisic has already been signed from Borussia Dortmund ahead of the summer for £57m.

However, after 7 years at Chelsea, in which Hazard has won the Premier League twice, the Europa League, the FA Cup and the League Cup, he also has the opportunity to add another Europa League to his collection this season as Chelsea look to keep their trophy cabinet filled.

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Sarri said that the Premier League club needed to invest in the market to close the gap on league leaders, Manchester City and Liverpool.

"So it's not easy, because the level of the top two is very, very high".

"There are two or three loan players who are very interesting, of course".

In 2014, Barcelona persuaded Federation Internationale de Football Association to freeze its one-year transfer ban.

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The ban on signing over-16s remains in place, as does the fine.

"This ban applied to the club as a whole - with the exception of the women's and futsal teams - and did not prevent the release of players", FIFA's statement read on Wednesday.

Chelsea have resigned themselves to the reality that they will nearly certainly lose Hazard to Madrid this summer, but Granovskaia is prepared to wait for as long as it takes to ensure that any sale is concluded in the interests of her club.

Federation Internationale de Football Association prohibits worldwide transfers of minors unless their families moved to a country for non-soccer reasons, or are close to the border of another nation where the youngster plays.

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Current rules state no players younger than 18 can join a club from another country unless their parents are moving to that country for non-footballing reasons or unless they are aged between 16 to 18 and moving within the European Economic Area.

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