Frank Lampard can now sign new players in January after Chelsea’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport have been upheld to a one transfer window reduction on Friday 6 December, 2019.

Chelsea was given a two-window ban by FIFA in February for breaching rules on signing young players.

CAS reduced the transfer ban to one window which was already served in last summer’s transfer window.

CAS statement read: “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.”

Frank Lampard, whose players will take on Everton on Saturday expressed his optimism that the judgement will now open discussion about transfer in the club.

“It’s a positive outcome for us,” he said. “It allows us the potential to look at the market going forward.

“So I’m pleased from a footballing level. It was never my business to get involved in the reasons why or the legal side of it.”