Lampard's reaction to Chelsea transfer ban being lifted

Lampard's reaction to Chelsea transfer ban being lifted

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has labeled the lifting of a transfer ban on the club 'a positive outcome' and he is pleased for 'football reasons'.

This comes after the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced it had reduced Chelsea's two-window ban to one, which was served in the summer, meaning Lampard will be allowed to sign players in January.

Speaking in his pre-match conference ahead of the Everton tie at Goodison Park, Lampard further added that they had not discussed about potential signings in the coming window with club officials. 

He was however quick to point out that it was just as important to keep the balance of the squad right as it is thinking about who comes in, if we do make some transfers in the coming windows. 

The Blues were hit with the FIFA transfer embargo last season on issues relating to the signing of overseas youth players, which led to a lack of business in the summer.

"The sole arbitrator found that CFC did violate Articles 19.1 (related to the international 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)," read a CAS statement on Friday. 

 "Accordingly, the Sole Arbitrator reduced the sanction to one single transfer ban (which Chelsea FC already served during the 2019 summer registration period), and halved the monetary sanction," the statement added. 

This will allow the club to chase a number of targets, with Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho high on the Blues' list.