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Chelsea officials confident transfer ban will be reduced and prepare for January signings

Chelsea are growing increasingly confident that their transfer ban will be reduced and have reportedly told leading agents they expect to do business in the January window.

The west London club were unable to make any new signings over the summer – Frank Lampard’s first in charge of the club – having been handed a two-window ban by FIFA after breaking regulations over the signing of youth players.

Chelsea’s initial appeal was rejected by football’s governing body, prompting the club to submit another appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Part of Chelsea’s defence will point to Manchester City avoiding a suspension for breaching similar rules on underage players, and there is a hope that the ban will be reduce to just one window – which they have already served.

According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea chiefs are confident that CAS will rule in their favour and are laying the groundwork to dip into the transfer market in January.

The Blues were only able to bring in Mateo Kovacic as he was already registered to the club on loan from Real Madrid last season, while a deal for Christian Pulisic was completed last winter.

The Mirror’s report describes Chelsea as being ‘anxious’ to strengthen their squad and they have already spoken to agents about potential signings when the window reopens.

Chelsea have made a mixed start to life under Lampard, losing their opening Premier League match away at Manchester United – as well as the Super Cup – and dropping points against Leicester City and Sheffield United.

Lampard has integrated a number of the club’s youth players – with Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount notably impressing – to make up for the lack of signings, though is believed to be keen to add new faces.