Real Madrid's pursuit of Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is likely to fail, after the Premier League side received a two year transfer ban earlier this week.
According to reports in Marca, Hazard had been the No.1 target for Santiago Solari's side, however he now looks likely to stay in London, with his current club unable to bring in a replacement for the Belgian international.
In fact the situation at Stamford Bridge could trigger a transfer sequence of events involving both clubs in the coming months.
Real Madrid are still expected to make a move for Hazard, and test Chelsea's resolve, and if that is unsuccessful, they will be hopeful of picking him up on a free transfer when his contract expires in June 2020.
However, due to the ban, Chelsea will no longer be looking to make Mateo Kovacic's loan from Real Madrid into a permanent transfer – a switch which was reported to be a feature of the move to bring Hazard to La Liga.
Alvaro Morata, on loan at city rivals Atletico Madrid could be recalled early and Gonzalo Higuain's loan-to-buy move from Juventus is also in doubt following the sanction.