Chelsea are free to make signings in January after their two-window transfer ban was halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, an announcement confirmed today.

Chelsea were initially sanctioned by Fifa in February after breaching article 19 of its regulations on the status and transfer of players, which concerns the protection of minors. The club were also found to have breached article 18, concerning third-party influence.

The Blues lodged an appeal in April before documents released by Fifa in October revealed its appeals committee found that the club had breached regulations on 150 occasions.

However, Cas’ verdict today reduced the initial ban to the one window already served by the club in January, meaning Frank Lampard is now free to invest in his squad in January.

A statement released by Cas read: “The Fifa Appeal Committee decision dated 11 April 2019, in which CFC was declared liable for violations of the Fifa Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players [RSTP] and banned from registering new players, nationally and internationally, for two entire and consecutive registration periods, fined CHF 600,000 [£462,000] reprimanded and warned on its future conduct, has been modified.​ The following sanctions have now been imposed by the CAS:

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