Chelsea Transfer Ban Reduced by CAS, Can Buy Players in January

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 6, 2019

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Chelsea manager / head coach Frank Lampard at full time of the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on October 26, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
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Chelsea will be permitted to sign players during the upcoming January transfer window after it was confirmed on Friday the club's transfer embargo has been lifted.

The Blues were prevented from registering new players during the summer transfer window, Frank Lampard's first since he was appointed manager of his old club in July.

However, James Olley of the Evening Standard posted a statement from the Court of Arbitration for Sport saying the suspension has been reduced:

James Olley @JamesOlley

Chelsea’s appeal over their FIFA transfer ban has been successful. They are now free to sign players in January. CAS verdict here: https://t.co/Js5PHfNW7G

Chelsea were initially handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA in February 2019 for signing foreign, under-18 players, and they launched an appeal to the CAS in June.

The only signing they completed over the summer was that of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, which was authorised as the clubs had an agreement following his loan in London last term.

Sky Sports News provided a timeline of the events leading up to the club's embargo being halved on Friday:

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

BREAKING: Chelsea are free to sign players in January as their transfer ban has been reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Lampard has done a terrific job in the role thus far considering that hinderance, with Chelsea fourth in the Premier League approaching the mid-point in his first season as a top-flight manager. His side are also one game from possibly advancing to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages.

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The 41-year-old has promoted academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James to the first team, proving that new signings aren't a prerequisite to success.

Matt Law, Tom Morgan and Ben Rumsby of the Telegraph wrote Lampard will be gifted a £150 million purse to spend in the winter window now Chelsea's ban has been lifted. 

Bleacher Report's Dean Jones said Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell looked out of reach, but Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is among those back on their radar:

Dean Jones @DeanJonesBR

Chelsea ban lifted so talks over potential January deals for Nathan Ake, Timo Werner, Wilf Zaha and Moussa Dembele can now progress. They like Ben Chilwell but that transfer very unlikely in Jan, same with Jadon Sancho

Goal's Nizaar Kinsella reported Chelsea were eager to have their appeal case settled before January, although he added he felt new signings weren't a necessity:

Nizaar Kinsella @NizaarKinsella

Interestingly, the document reveals that Chelsea wanted this heard ahead of January. The Blues have been operating as they usually would behind the scenes with regards to sounding out new signings — no need to desperately enter the market though. #CFC

The decision may not only test how much faith Lampard has in his emerging youngsters, but also in those more established at Stamford Bridge who are at higher risk of replacement.

Lampard's current crop travel to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday before hosting Lille on Tuesday, when they will be hopeful for a draw or better to see them finish second or higher in Champions League Group H.

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