Chelsea have not spent money on making any signings in the January despite winning their appeal against a transfer ban that would have prevented them from registering any new players in the winter window.
It is a situation that has seemed odd to fans and their head coach Frank Lampard alike. The former midfielder, who returned to Stamford Bridge before the season to take charge in the dugout, has been vocal over his frustrations over a lack of mid-season business.
The Blues had hoped to add some quality up front to ease the load on Tammy Abraham, while moving on Michy Batshuayi or Olivier Giroud.
Strange for a club that had fought tooth and nail to have a two-window transfer ban lifted early when faced with the possibility of not adding to their squad until the summer of 2020.
Chelsea were successful in that regard and in December, the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban, imposed in February last year, to a solitary window – a punishment that they had already served in the summer.
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This set up a potentially exciting January window for fans. Lampard too spoke about the decision as a positive outcome. “It allows us the potential to look at the market going forward,” he said.
However, there will be no signings by Chelsea before deadline day in the January transfer window, despite selling and loaning out a number of players including Tariq Lamptey and Victor Moses.
Chelsea’s position in this regard has been rather odd.
In the summer window of the 2017/18 season, the club’s net spend was roughly £55million, as the Blues spent big on the likes of Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Antonio Rudiger.
The arrival of Maurizio Sarri resulted in a squad revamp and Chelsea’s net spend smashed through the £120million barrier.
To fund this extravagance, owner Roman…