Report: FIFA to enforce transfer rule that could affect Ziyech's Chelsea move

FIFA have reportedly made a move to set out emergency transfer measures that could affect Hakim Ziyech’s move to Chelsea.

The Blues announced the deal that will see the Ajax winger join Frank Lampard’s squad in the summer.

Under normal circumstances, Ziyech will be a Chelsea player by July 1. But the football suspension across the globe complicates the matter.

Even Ajax CEO Edwin van der Saar seemed unsure about the transfer when he was asked recently.

However, according to a document acquired by the Times, FIFA have cited the coronavirus pandemic as a “force majeure” – an unforeseen circumstance that prevents someone from fulfilling a contract.

It reportedly gives FIFA the authority to restrict player transfers until the leagues are finished, even if moves had been pre-agreed, such as Ziyech’s.

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The document adds: “Article 27 of the Regulations on the status and transfer of players (RSTP) states that cases of force majeure shall be decided by the FIFA council, whose decisions are final.”

Just like Chelsea, Ajax have nine games in their remaining fixtures in the league. There is no guarantee the Premier League and the Eredivisie will complete the season at the same time (if they can be completed at all).

On a positive note, players running out of contracts such as Willian, Pedro Rodriguez, Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero will have to stay at Chelsea until the Premier League finishes according to this rule.

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