There has been a clamp down on transfer breaches by football's governing bodies in recent years, with Liverpool banned from signing Academy players from other English clubs last year after an illegal approach to a 12-year-old Stoke City player.
Chelsea are one of those clubs, as reported by the Guardian in January, and the French investigative website Mediapart reported on Wednesday that Fifa's Integrity and Compliance unit would seek to impose a two-year transfer ban to stretch across four windows, and a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs.
The Blues have been under investigation for three years since the club reportedly signed Bertrand Traore from a club in Burkina Faso before his 18th birthday in 2014.
According to Mediapart, FIFA's Integrity and Compliance unit have decided on a transfer ban of two years for the Blues for their infractions.More news: Pence says United States committed to Indo-Pacific, not seeking control
Bertrand Traore's signing by the club is a part of the Federation Internationale de Football Association investigation as well.
An additional three-window ban was reportedly added due to the club's signings of several other players who were under 18.
Traore had played for Chelsea at the age of 16 in an Under-18 match against Arsenal.
It is believed at least four others are under investigation and some of the biggest clubs in Europe are also being looked into. Manchester United, who are among the clubs with most number of minor signings between 2013 and 2017, are not a part of the investigation. No further information can be provided.' Meanwhile Chelsea will consider loan offers for Gary Cahill, 32. "Any update will be communicated in due course".More news: Google Internet Traffic Routed Through China, Russia, Nigeria During Brief Outage 11/14/2018
In a statement of their own, Chelsea denied any wrongdoing.
Chelsea released a short statement on Wednesday night saying they had "fully cooperated with Federation Internationale de Football Association and provided comprehensive evidence demonstrating its compliance with the applicable Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations". The club subsequently admitted they had acquired a first-refusal option to sign the player in April 2011, with "the option agreement registered with, and approved by, both the FA and the Premier League".
The signing (s) can only be carried out if the player (s) in question's parents migrated to the country for non-footballing reasons or if both the club and the player are based within 50 km of an worldwide border.
The only exceptions relate to transfers within the EU or European Economic Area.More news: Jimmy Butler set for Philadelphia 76ers debut; Markelle Fultz in reserve role