If Chelsea are successful in their appeal against the FIFA transfer ban, then manager Frank Lampard could have up to £150 million to spend on new players in the January transfer window.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear Chelsea’s arguments on November 20th against the two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaching the regulations relating to signing underage players. If their appeal is successful, then the Stamford Bridge club can begin signing new players again in the New Year.
Whilst the ban has been beneficial for Chelsea in many respects, because it has forced them to turn to their academy products, with Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Fikayo Tomori all establishing themselves in the team, Lampard is still expected to strengthen his squad if he is permitted, with forwards and wide players his main priority.
They have also been linked with a move for former player Nathan Aké, currently playing with Bournemouth, who they can buy back for £40 million.
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