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There are claims coming out of Italy that Chelsea are interested in Queens Park Rangers attacker Paweł Wszolek. The Poland international only joined QPR in the last summer window from Hellas Verona.

TMW claim Antonio Conte is considering signing Wszolek from QPR before today’s transfer deadline.

With the prospect of missing out on Inter Milan star Jonathan Biabiany, Chelsea have apparently turned their attention to the QPR winger. However, these claims do come as a surprise, and need to be questioned.

Wszolek was a number of players that jumped ship when Verona were relegated from Serie A last season. The Pole took the decision to join QPR, where he’s racked up 1072 minutes in the Championship so far this season.

The problem is that before he joined QPR, Wszolek made an appearance for Verona. Coming on in the 90th minute against Crotone (August 14th, Coppa Italia), the Pole would therefore be unable to represent any other club during the current season.

FIFA’s ‘Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ details the regulations and rules of footballers moving between clubs.

Note 5.3 states: ‘Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs. As an exception to this rule, a player moving between two clubs belonging to associations with overlapping seasons (i.e. start of the season in summer/autumn as opposed to winter/spring) may be eligible to play in official matches for a third club during the relevant season, provided he has fully complied with his contractual obligations towards his previous clubs. Equally, the provisions relating to the registration periods (article 6) as well as to the minimum length of a contract (article 18 paragraph 2) must be respected.’

That means if Wszolek left QPR for Chelsea, he wouldn’t actually be allowed to play. Therefore, this is all clearly nonsense.