Chelsea free to sign players in January after appeal

Carrie Guzman
December 6, 2019

Chelsea will be eligible to register new players from January onwards, as a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced their two-window transfer ban.

The Blues were hit with the Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer embargo last season on issues relating to the signing of overseas youth players.

This will allow Frank Lampard to spend in January should they wish to after missing out on the previous summer window. However, despite guiding his team into the top four of the Premier League, Lampard will now try to make additions to his squad.

'The sole arbitrator found that CFC did violate Articles 19.1 (related to the worldwide transfer of minors) and 19.3 (related to the first registration of minors), but for a significantly smaller number of players (about one third of the violations found by FIFA),' a CAS statement read on Friday.

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The club had their first appeal against the sanction thrown out by FIFA's appeal committee in April, when it was criticised for "inexcusable" breaches of the regulations.

Zaha has been linked with moves to Chelsea and this breaking news could change his view on potentially waiting until the summer if Lampard does come calling.

FIFA's warning and reprimand to Chelsea were also confirmed, and remain unchanged by the CAS ruling. Chelsea did welcome winger Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund during the 2019 summer transfer window after signing him last January.

The Blues can also look at a replacement for Eden Hazard, who left for Real Madrid in the summer on a deal that could rise as high as £150million. Those cases involved about 70 players.

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