Chelsea are banned from making transfers right now, but the Blues are already preparing to come back stronger and make a splash once their transfer ban is over.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear Chelsea's appeal on 20 November, and the club are hopeful that they could see their ban lifted and be given the chance to pay a fine instead, similar to what Manchester City were permitted to do just months after Chelsea's initial punishment.
That said, the English side and their boss Frank Lampard have revealed they are planning ambitious moves once they’re able to land players again.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday's meeting with Ajax (via The Telegraph), Lampard confirmed he’s keeping tabs on the legal proceedings as he hopes to be able to sign new assets in the January transfer window.
"I’ll be very interested of course but it is a legal matter and I don’t know enough of the legals to even delve," Lampard admitted. "But of course I’m interested because it’s obviously going to affect potentially what we can do in January or not.
“Listen, I think as Chelsea we will always look to improve in windows if we can, if we’re allowed to and if the players we might look at are better or we feel are worth adding to the squad. But, at the minute, I’m very happy with what I’ve got so I suppose that’s why, hopefully, fans are as well.”
The Blues will have around £150 million to spend at the turn of the year, following the sales of Eden Hazard, David Luiz, and Alvaro Morata, and they have identified several targets already.
The biggest name of that list is Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, while Chelsea are also looking at Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha and Lyon's Moussa Dembélé to bolster their offense. In defense, they’re looking at Bournemouth's Nathan Ake, one of the club's preferred options, and Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell.
It’s unlikely to see Chelsea signing all of these players, as only Sancho would cost over £100 million. However, some of these could be making their way to Stamford Bridge soon to help Chelsea place a bigger bid for a spot in the Champions League next season.
This season started well for them, but they still need something else to maintain their level.