Chelsea boss Frank Lampard ‘in love’ with transfer target he wants after Kai Havertz deal
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly ‘in love’ with Ben Chilwell and is determined to bring him to Stamford Bridge this summer. The full-back was the Blues’ top target heading into the summer window before Leicester slapped an £80million price-tag on his head.
Lampard is looking to sign a new left-back due to the struggles of Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri this season.
The defence is an area that has been identified as in need of improvement if Chelsea are to kick on.
Chilwell is a player that the club’s hierarchy have been tracking for a while following a stellar season at the King Power Stadium.
However, Chelsea have been boosted by Leicester’s failure to qualify for Champions League football.
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Now Chilwell has a reason to leave and wants to play at the highest level which would be Europe’s elite club competition.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Lampard is a big fan of Chilwell but does have other back up options on his mind due to his extortionate value.
“Left-back, they will go for a left-back because Frank Lampard is in love with Chilwell,” Romano told the Beautiful Game podcast.
“He wants him but also Leicester are in love with Chilwell because he is a fantastic player.
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“At the moment there is no agreement but it will be difficult to get Chilwell this summer.
“Tagliafico is also an option for sure, they are also considering Sergio Reguillon.
“They are considering him in the list but they have to sell. They have Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, he will come back to Italy this season.
“They’re going to sell Emerson Palmieri and buy a left-back. Reguillon is not an option but they may go for him if they can’t sign Chilwell.”
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Former Leicester striker Emile Heskey believes there would be no surprises if Chilwell’s head is turned at the idea of playing in the Champions League.
“They have got to be realistic,” Heskey told PA. “When a top-four club comes calling, certain people are going to have their heads turned, but we’re very strong as a club, they don’t need to sell or balance the books.
“There are aspirations for individual players, they will want to be playing at the highest level and that includes the Champions League.
“The recruitment at Leicester has been top notch, especially when it comes to spending the money made from the players they’ve sold.”
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