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Chelsea summer transfer targets: Havertz, Chilwell & the players on Lampard's wish list
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29-Jul-2020, 02:03 pm

Chelsea summer transfer targets: Havertz, Chilwell & the players on Lampard's wish list


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Chelsea have already made a huge impact on this summer'stransfer window after completing the signings of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner and Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech for a combined fee of £84 million ($105m).

The former England midfieler is overseeinghis first proper summerwindow at Stamford Bridgefollowing the club's transfer ban that stopped them from signing players ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Roman Abramovich has assured Lampard that he will be backed as much as other managers in the transfer market, with the signs already there that the Russian billionaire is being true to his word.

But who else do the Blues want to bring in? And who could leave to make room for them?

Chelsea are currently in active talks with Bayer Leverkusen forwardKai Havertz over a move that could cost around £70m ($87m), with the Blues confident that a deal can be done having secured Champions League football for next season.

Havertz, 21, wants to make the transferand is pushing for an exit from the Bundesliga club.

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have previously shown an interest in the Germany international,but have stepped aside because they do nothave sufficientfunds to complete the deal this summer.

Furthermore, the Blues are known admirers of Brentford wingerSaid Benrahma, who is said to be valued at around £30m ($39m). However, they are increasingly considering prioritising defenders due to their struggles at the back this season.

Leicester City's Ben Chilwell has long been a priority target at left-back, but talks have not progressed as Brendan Rodgers' side are unwilling to sell one oftheir prized assets.

The Foxes took a similar stance when Manchester United pushed to sign Harry Maguire last summer, though he eventuallyleft for Old Trafford in an £80m ($97m) deal. Similarly, Chilwell would cost a huge amount of money, and Leicester are not willing to discuss receiving money in instalments, preferring the money upfront.

This has made Chelsea reluctant to do a deal, and in turnmay see them move onto considering Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico, although no contact has been made for the left-back who is valued at €26m (£24m/$30m)by the Dutch giants.

Furthermore, the Blues are considering signing a new centre-back, but have found West Ham reluctant sellers in their pursuit of top target, Declan Rice. It remains unclear whether Chelsea will consider other options as they work out what to do with their current defenders.

Kepa Arrizabalaga's poor form this season means that he could exit the club, with the Blues retaining an interest Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak, thoughthe Spanish giants will notlet the Slovenia international leavefor anything less than his €120m ((£110m/$137.5m) release clause.

Ajax goalkeeperAndre Onana isunderstood to be keen on a move to London, though Chelsea could still hold onto Kepa and give the world-record signing one more chance to impress.

The future ofKepawill likely dominate the early weeks of the summer window for Chelsea after the Spain international was dropped by Lampard for the crucial victory over Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season.

Valencia have shown an interest in bringing the former Athletic Club shot-stopper back to La Liga if the Blues can find a replacement.

Elsewhere, the most high-profile player who Chelsea could sellthis summer is Jorginho, who could again reunite with Maurizio Sarri at Juventus.

The Italian champions, however,are reluctant to pay the full £57m ($73m)that the Blues would want for the Italy internationaland would prefer a swap or loan arrangement.

Chelsea's desire to sign a left-back means they are ready to offload either Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso.

Alonso being older and on a higher wage means there are fewer viable offers for his services while Inter are pushing hardest to sign £24m-rated Emerson. Juventus and Napoli are also monitoring the situation around the Italy international defender.

The Blues are also ready to sell Michy Batshuayi, with the Belgian forward havinghardly featured for the club this season and now inthe final year of his contract in west London.

Willian is also set to leave with his contract up, though Chelseahave offered him a two-year deal to remain in west London.The Brazil winger would prefer a three-year deal andhas Arsenal waiting in the wings to try and sign him on a free transfer.

Pedro, meanwhile,has already agreed to join Roma following the expiry of his deal at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard will likely see his forward line transformed next season in what could make Chelsea one of the most dangerous attacking outfits in Europe.

There are a number of options in terms of fitting Werner into the team, with the Germany forward having played both centrally and out wide in his career thus far.

The form of Christian Pulisic and arrival of Ziyech may been Havertz starts life in midfield rather than further forward, though again the options avaiable to Lampard mean he will be able to flexible with his formations.


Source : goal.com

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