A host of updates on the transfer plans of Premier League giants Chelsea have been forthcoming online over the last 24 hours.
Frank Lampard’s debut campaign on the Chelsea bench has proven something of a mixed bag.
The Blues have displayed excellence in patches, showcasing the kind of free-flowing football which Lampard is evidently hopeful of moving forward with over the seasons to come.
In addition, a host of talented youngsters have been handed the opportunity to impress at Stamford Bridge, with the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham having played integral roles in their side clinching a top-4 berth.
As was largely expected, though, Chelsea’s new boss has also overseen his fair share of sub-par performances, with the Londoners’ inability to keep clean sheets of particular concern.
A 3-0 Champions League drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich back in February laid bare a host of flaws in both Lampard’s setup, and the personnel at the disposal of the former English international.
25 February 2020, Great Britain, London: Football: Champions League, FC Chelsea – FC Bayern Munich, knockout rounds, last sixteen, first leg at Stamford Bridge stadium. Robert Lewandowski of Munich shoots at the goal of Willy Caballero of Chelsea. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa (Photo by Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images)
The former of these issues will no doubt be amended over time, as the inexperienced Chelsea boss becomes more accustomed to life in the dugout.
The latter, though, will need addressing on the transfer front.
After being unable to secure reinforcements to his squad during his first summer on the bench at Stamford Bridge due to a transfer ban, Frank Lampard somewhat surprisingly opted against bringing in any new signings this past January.
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Excitement amongst the Chelsea faithful, though, has begun to ramp up of late, with Roman Abramovich having made abundantly clear that he is ready to make up for lost time with a big-money spending spree this summer.
And, despite preparing for an FA Cup final meeting with Arsenal this weekend, reports that the Chelsea board remain hard at work on the recruitment front have continued to spread like wildfire over the last 24 hours.
First up comes the capital giants’ pursuit of Kai Havertz.
Chelsea have long been viewed as favourites to seal a deal for the Bayer Leverkusen standout, with the reliable Fabrizio Romano having confirmed that official talks between the two clubs are now underway:
Official talks started between Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen for Havertz.
Chelsea want to complete the deal soon but would pay €80m fee only including add ons. Talks on to find an agreement. Personal terms agreed weeks ago. Kai is waiting. 🔵 #CFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 27, 2020
Elsewhere, Sky have suggested that Havertz himself is pushing for an agreement to be found before next week:
Kai Havertz is pushing hard for Bayer Leverkusen to agree a deal with Chelsea before the Bundesliga side’s Europa League match against Rangers next week.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 27, 2020
The updates, though, do not stop there.
The Guardian (in an article contributed to by the aforementioned Romano), have confirmed that Chelsea are also eyeing up a move for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell.
The Pensioners’ pursuit is said to have been boosted by the failure of Brendan Rodgers’ men to secure a Champions League berth for next season.
In the case that they are priced out of a move for Chilwell, though, Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico is viewed as a viable alternative.
Finally comes the search for fresh blood between the posts at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s transfer chiefs are ‘on the hunt for a replacement for Kepa’, with Frank Lampard having completely lost faith in the Spanish international.
The Guardian name another Ajax star, in the form of Andre Onana, as a potential arrival, with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak a more outlandish target.
The Mirror, on the other hand, talk up Chelsea’s interest in Manchester United’s Dean Henderson.
Amid the precarious goalkeeping situation at Old Trafford, the future of 23-year-old Henderson has been thrown up in the air, with suggestions now mounting that the Blues are ready to take advantage.
A £55 million bid is even touted, though it remains to be seen whether United would be willing to sell to a direct Premier League rival.
💰 £55m transfer fee
Over to you Ole… 👀https://t.co/KeirSSQes1
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 27, 2020
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