Europa League winners Chelsea are free to sign players in the January transfer window after their transfer ban was lifted earlier today.
Chelsea were given a two-window transfer ban by FIFA earlier this year for their involvement with underage players and that prompted them to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after their appeal to FIFA was turned down.
The Blues have already served a transfer window ban during this summer’s transfer window.
The CAS hearing took place earlier today and the FIFA ruling was partially upheld but the transfer ban was reduced from two transfer windows to one transfer window which had already been served by Chelsea in the summer.
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With new development, Chelsea can now sign players as from the winter transfer window in the New Year.
Chelsea have been seriously linked with a move to Wilfried Zaha even before the ruling from CAS.
The latest development means that the Blues have the opportunity to sign Zaha from fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace.
According to the Independent, Chelsea will have to pay as much as £70m for Zaha if they want to sign the Ivorian international player who has scored two goals in the last three league games for Crystal Palace.