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Report: Chelsea expect transfer ban to be lifted for January

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Chelsea are reportedly confident they will be “back in business” for the January transfer window, and have alerted agents.

Following FIFA’s decision to slap them with a two-window transfer ban, Chelsea had to go the entire summer without making a single signing.

It came after the world football governing body deemed them guilty of illegally signing 29 minors. Therefore, they gave Chelsea a two-window ban and a fine of over £460,000.

So, the Blues could only look on from the sidelines as the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal invested heavily in some new exciting talents.

Not helping matters was the loss of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, which has left Chelsea with a huge void they cannot fill. Although new winger Christian Pulisic, who agreed to a transfer in January before the ban, has shown glimpses of promise.

But it turns out that Chelsea are allegedly plotting for new recruits in January despite FIFA’s ban. Apparently, they expect the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to lift their two-window ban in time for the new year.

The plan is to appeal their case to the CAS, and point out that City escaped a ban themselves. FIFA, of course, investigated the Premier League last month for a similar case to that of Chelsea’s.

A source allegedly told the Daily Mirror: “Chelsea are anxious to strengthen their squad and seem pretty confident that they will win the appeal and be able to trade again in January.

“It could mean the difference to them finishing in the Premier League top four and qualifying for the Champions League.”

The six-time English champions have reportedly also alerted football agents over their availability, and mean business this winter.

Should this be true, it will come as a huge relief for new manager Frank Lampard following a difficult start.

The Blues icon has only won once in his opening five matches in charge at Stamford Bridge. With no options to sign anyone, he’s resorted to the youth talent available at Chelsea for his debut campaign.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Frank Lampard of Chelsea.