Chelsea free to sign players after transfer ban reduced on appeal

Chelsea will be able to sign players in the January transfer window after seeing their Fifa-imposed transfer ban reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The club were handed a two-window ban after being found guilty of breaching rules regarding the signing of foreign U18 players, the first of which was served during the past summer transfer window.

Chelsea had been keen to appeal against the verdict and took their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), the BBC now reporting that a decision has been made to half their original punishment and fine the club £230,000.

The news will come as a welcome boost to Frank Lampard, who will now be able to bring in new additions for the first time since taking over as manager last summer.

Chelsea have already been linked with a whole host of players, and the club will have significant funds to spend following their restriction on recruitment and sales of Eden Hazard and David Luiz during the previous transfer window.

Amongst the club’s priorities are believed to be strengthening at left-back, Leicester’s Ben Chilwell having been strongly rumoured to be amongst the club’s targets, whilst the club are also believed to hold a strong interest in Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

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