Chelsea have devised a Malang Sarr transfer plan after “entering talks” for the former Nice player.
The Blues are looking to bolster their defence this summer after letting 54 goals in during their Premier League 2019/20 campaign.
It has seen them linked with moves for stars such as Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and PSG’s Thiago Silva.
But Sky Sports are reporting that Frank Lampard has started negotiations over a move for a Ligue 1 starlet.
Writing on Twitter, pundit Kaveh Solhekol said: “Chelsea in talks to sign France U21 centre back Malang Sarr.
“He’s a free agent after his Nice contract ran out this summer. If Chelsea sign him they will send him out on loan.”
The Frenchman helped Nice to a fifth-placed finish in Ligue 1 – but struggled to maintain a regular place, being snubbed in the first part of the season.
But the U21 international got his place locked down for the remainder of the campaign, even wearing the captain’s armband against Toulouse.
Despite his form with Nice, the 21-year-old ended his his contract in his fourth season with the French side, meaning he is a free agent.
While Chelsea have been looking to bolster their defence, Jamie Carragher has warned that their focus should be further back.
"Chelsea won't go no further unless they change their goalkeeper," he told Sky Sports.
"[Lampard] has done as much as he can, yes Frank's still in his early stages but those big signings can completely transform you as a team.
"I still think Chelsea need a defender, you see how many goals they've conceded. I think a lot of that is down to the goalkeeper being totally honest.
“You see a lot of centre-halves at Chelsea without seeing one really outstanding one, those are the areas that if they are going to challenge Liverpool and Man City they'll have to rectify in the summer.
"They are the worst team in the league defending corners. This is a massive problem for Chelsea.
"It sounds great and it gets supporters excited but it means nothing if you don't sort out that back three and certainly that goalkeeper."
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