Chelsea are confident their transfer ban will be lifted by January, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The Blues were unable to make signings during the summer because of a two-window ban imposed by Fifa following an investigation into Chelsea’s signing of foreign under-18 players.
Fifa have since rejected an appeal by Chelsea, who have subsequently appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
A successful appeal to CAS would lead to the ban being halted when the transfer window opens again in January.
And the Sunday Mirror say leading agents have been informed that Chelsea expect to do business at the turn of the year.
An anonymous agent is quoted as saying: “Chelsea are anxious to strengthen their squad and seem pretty confident that they will win the appeal and be able to trade again in January
“It could mean the difference to them finishing in the Premier League top four and qualifying for the Champions League.”