With FIFA rejecting Chelsea’s appeal for the one-year transfer ban currently in place, the Blues are going to have to plan their next moves meticulously.

They still might get some luck with CAS, but, as things stand, they will be unable to register any players for the next 12 months, meaning the upcoming summer and January transfer windows.

This has put Marina Granovskaia and co. in a bit of a pickle, since Eden Hazard wants to go to Real Madrid and Olivier Giroud would like more game time, with a return to France a distinct possibility if he’s allowed to leave.

Should that be the case, Lyon in France are ready to welcome him with open arms, as their president Jean-Michel Aulas ‘dreams’ of signing the World Cup winner.

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Le Foot in France claim the Ligue 1 side are in ‘pole position’ to bring in Giroud were a transfer to materialise, yet they might not be prepared to pay.

Triggering a clause in his contract to extend it by a year, Chelsea ensured they wouldn’t lose the veteran goalscorer on a free this summer, but Aulas is hoping they will allow him to rescind his current deal in order to sign him on a free and offer him a big wage, rather than having to pay him less and shell out a fee to the Blues.

Wishful thinking, in our honest opinion.