Chelsea have been given the all-clear to re-enter the transfer market in January after the Court of Abritration for Sport halved the club’s two-window ban.
Having reduced the ban to one window, CAS also ruled that their punishment for breaching rules on the signing of overseas youth players – which was imposed in February – was served during the recent summer window.
A statement from CAS said: “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).
“In addition, the violations of other RSTP rules were found to be less serious than those attributed to Chelsea FC by FIFA.
“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 following sanctions have now been imposed by the CAS: Chelsea is banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally for one entire registration period, which the club already served during the 2019 summer registration period.
“Chelsea is ordered to pay a fine to FIFA of the amount of 300,000 Swiss Francs.
“The warning and the reprimand are confirmed.”
It is believed that a new left-back is the priority for boss Frank Lampard, with previous reports suggesting that the Blues have identified Leicester’s Ben Chilwell as their top target.