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Chelsea were successful in our appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Blues can sign players in January after the transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA was lifted by CAS.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has approved a transfer budget of £150 million for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard ahead of the January transfer window.
Lampard confirmed on Friday that Chelsea will be active in the January transfer window.
Chelsea’s leading transfer targets ahead of the January transfer window are Wilfried Zaha and Ben Chilwell but while Zaha could be available with the Crystal Palace star keen on playing Champions League football, Chilwell could be unavailable with Leicester City doing well in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea are also keen on signing Jadon Sancho and former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, who would all count as home-grown players. The Blues have also scouted Brentford’s Algerian winger Said Benrahma.
Salzburg striker Erling Haaland, Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz are also on Chelsea’s shortlist.
“Every big team buys,” Lampard said. “In the competitive nature of the Premier League look at what Manchester United have spent in recent years and Manchester City, and now Tottenham last summer and Arsenal.
“It’s obviously part of the picture. We sometimes get a finger pointed at us because people are still thinking about 20 years ago when Roman Abramovich turned up, but every club is buying.
“At the moment we have managed to utilise a lot of hard work that has gone into the academy over the last 15 years, which has changed our picture, but we still want to improve if the opportunities are there. But if you think we’re going to line up Tammy, Mason and Reece and sell them, we’re not. They’re here to stay and we’ll try to improve from that base.”