With Chelsea having already secured the signatures of midfielder Hakim Ziyech and striker Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig, respectively, ahead of next campaign, Frank Lampard will no doubt be looking to improve his squad further as they look to challenge on four fronts.
The main area for improvement, as assessed by pundits from TV outlets such and Sky and BT Sport is a centre-back and goalkeeper. Inconsistency at the heart of the defence a major issue for Lampard’s men last-term.
They also have the impending departure of winger Pedro Rodriguez to contend with, as the wide-man is set to join Roma following this weekend’s FA Cup final against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
Here are four players that Lampard may look to bring in ahead of next season.
Ben Chilwell (Leicester City, Left-back)
Following a fantastic campaign with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City, which culminated in helping them achieve their second highest ever league finish, Ben Chilwell is being linked with what could be a seventy-million pound move to SW6.
The Englishman has impressed, scoring three goals and laying on another three for his teammates. He will no doubt make a good addition to SW6, with attacking runs and the ability to strike at goal from range meaning Chelsea will have another form of attack as well a good execution of his defensive duties.
Leicester may be tempted to cash in on their left-back, with news coming out of Amsterdam in the last few days that Nicolas Tagliafico will be allowed to depart Ajax this summer, with the left-back the obvious replacement for Chilwell.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona, Goalkeeper)
According to reports coming from Spain, first-leaked in the UK by Metro, the Blues have turned their goalkeeping attention to Barcelona number one, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with Lampard looking to resolve the number one position in SW6 as quickly as possible.
The German international has been the stand-alone first-choice stopper in Catalunya since the end of the 2015/2016 season, with him splitting the duty with Manchester City goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, up until this point.
The deal would likely include a player and cash deal, with current Blues number one Kepa likely to return to his native country as part of the agreement.
If this deal were to happen, it would likely only be a short-term fix to the Blues issues in-between the sticks, with the German now 28 years of age and not likely to commit to Chelsea beyond the next three-years.
John Stones (Manchester City, Centre-back)
With the emergence of young English talent in SW6 during this season, it is not a surprise to see the Blues linked with more experienced home-grown players to help guide their youngsters through the next few seasons.
One big call for the Blues to listen to this week, according to the Metro, has come from former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson.
Merson, who is now a highly-respected pundit with Sky Sports, has called for Chelsea to go all-out and prize John Stones away from rivals, Manchester City.
He was quoted as saying the following on the English centre-half: “Chelsea love to play out from the back, they roll it out every time, so you need someone unbelievably good on the ball.
“I’d go and get John Stones for that and play him in the middle of the three. Then I’d say have Antonio Rudiger and [Andreas] Christensen either side of them.
“If you have pace around them, I think it will help Chelsea; I think Stones would be a great buy, and he has to play in a three.”
This call from the former Premier League winner could possibly be the shrewdest to date when it comes to transfers since the culmination of the Premier League season, with Lampard’s side in recent weeks having reverted back to a defensive five with wing-backs.
It would also be useful knowledge to Super Frank that Stones could be available on the cheap, with the 30 million pound price-tag likely to entice the Blues boss into making a deal happen.
Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen, Attacking midfielder)
Following the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech earlier this summer, Chelsea have also been linked with another player from the continent for some time - Havertz being deemed the finishing piece to Bues supporter’s jigsaws.
At a mere age of 21, he also has the potential to enter the prime of his career at Stamford Bridge, should he be granted a move this transfer window and stay in SW6 for a number of years.
His form and statistics are also exceptional, with him having scored 37 goals across all competitions in his last two domestic campaigns.
There could however be a snag in all the hard-work done by Chelsea to date to get this deal over the line.
According to Bild in Germany, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has been in discussions with a number of player consultants on how to strike as cheap a deal as possible for the German international, with her and Chelsea unwilling to part with the seventy-million pounds that Bayer Leverkusen are asking for.