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Chelsea were unable to sign players during the summer transfer window after the club was hit a ban of two windows after being found guilty of breaking regulations over signing players under the age of 18.
According to The Mirror, the Blues are confident of signing players in the January transfer window and have alerted leading agents that the club expects to be back in transfer business in the January window.
Chelsea have already appealed to the Court of Arbitration to have the transfer ban reduced to the one window which the Blues have already served.
Premier League rivals Manchester City escaped a ban after they were found guilty for a similar offence and Chelsea will use that in the Court of Arbitration.
A source told The 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.”
Despite the transfer ban, there were two arrivals at Chelsea in the summer, with Christian Pulisic joining from Borussia Dortmund having previously been loaned back to the German club, while Mateo Kovacic made his loan move from Real Madrid permanent.