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Chelsea transfer news: Lampard will look to improve squad in January if transfer ban is lifted

By James Richards

Frank Lampard

Published: 13:47, 5 November 2019

Frank Lampard would look to add to his Chelsea squad should their transfer ban imposed by Fifa is lifted in January.

The former England midfielder has reportedly got a transfer kitty of £150m available to him should an appeal on the ban be successful and it is a situation he is monitoring closely.

Will Chelsea be able to sign players in January?: Five things to know…

  • Chelsea were handed a transfer ban after 150 rule breaches regarding 69 academy players.
  • The ban prevents the Blues from signing any new players.
  • The ruling is set to run until February 2020.
  • Chelsea have lodged an appeal.
  • If upheld, Lampard could have money to bring new faces in January.

Chelsea have made a good start to the 2019-20 campaign despite the ban and were able to bring in Christian Pulisic regardless due to the fact that the deal had already been concluded before the FIFA ruling.

The Stamford Bridge outfit are currently waiting on the outcome of an appeal which, if successful, could see them being allowed to sign new players as soon as the upcoming January transfer window.

Frank Lampard has admitted that if the ruling goes in their favour, he will look to improve the squad.

“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,” Lampard said ahead of the Champions League clash with Ajax.

“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 tonight. 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.”

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Mason Mount ready to fight for his place

If the transfer ban is lifted, one man whose place could be under threat is Mason Mount. The England youngster has taken full advantage of Chelsea’s inability to sign players but even if new faces arrive the 20-year-old admitted it would not phase him.

“We’ve had to deal with that during our whole time at Chelsea,” he said.

“You come into a team, there’s players from different countries and you’ve got to work and show how good you are.”

Mount has started all 11 games for the Blues this season, netting four goals and assisting another.