Chelsea are taking legal advice over Fifa’s stance and remain hopeful that the world’s governing body will conclude their appeal process before the summer, allowing the Blues to go to the Court of Arbitration of Sport in the hope of at least getting the ban frozen.
But Chelsea are now having to consider both scenarios, which have wide-reaching implications on their approach to the summer.
Agents of players whose contracts are running down, players out on loan and potential transfer targets have been told all decisions have been put on hold while Chelsea reassess their options and speak to lawyers.
David Luiz had been expected to leave at the end of his contract this summer, while at least one of Willian or Pedro, who will both have a year left on their deals, had been likely to be sold.
Chelsea have also been preparing to cash in on the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Kurt Zouma, who have spent the season out on loan and could earn the club significant money.