Chelsea boss Frank Lampard plans transfer spree as £150m set aside in case ban is scrapped

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Chelsea could bolster Frank Lampard’s squad in January if they do not have to serve the second window of their transfer ban.

Frank Lampard has revealed he is ready to spend to strengthen his squad if Chelsea’s appeal against their FIFA transfer ban is successful.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Monday that Chelsea’s appeal against their ban for irregularities in signing young players in the past will be held on November 20.

Chelsea have already served half the ban, being prevented from signing new players last summer, but if CAS approve their appeal, Lampard will be able to bring in new players in January with Roman Abramovich’s backing.

The Chelsea manager has a transfer kitty of around £150million, and despite guiding his young team into the Premier League’s top four and top of their Champions League group – they face Ajax on Tuesday night – Lampard insisted he is ready to spend.

Lampard said: “Chelsea will always look to improve in transfer windows if we can – and if the players we might look at are better or we feel are adding to the squad.

“I’m very interested in the appeal of course because it’s obviously going to affect potentially what we can do in January or not.

“It is a little bit down my list because the matter in hand is Ajax. I’m not going too far ahead with what happens.

“Of course some players have come in and shown with their opportunities they’ve been given that they can do roles and play well. We are getting results at the moment.

“But at the minute I’m very happy with what I’ve got so I suppose that’s why the fans are as well.”

A boost for Lampard ahead of Tuesday night’s Group H clash with Ajax was that N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Andreas Christensen all returned to training on Monday

The trio could figure as Chelsea seek to make it back-to-back wins over Ajax following last month’s triumph in Amsterdam.

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