Chelsea transfer target Ben Chilwell may have ‘head turned’ because of one reason
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants to sign Leicester defender Ben Chilwell this summer as he looks to overhaul his squad in an attempt to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.
The Blues have already captured Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig, respectively.
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz is also on the verge of completing a move from the Bundesliga.
Next up for Lampard is a plot to fix his defence starting with the problematic left-back position.
However, Leicester will demand around £70million for England international Chilwell, who has four years remaining on his current deal.
The Foxes are under no pressure to sell but former striker Emile Heskey thinks the 23-year-old may want to move because Chelsea can offer Champions League football.
Leicester could have finished in the top four had they beaten Manchester United on the final day of the Premier League season, with the game instead ending in a 2-0 defeat.
“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.”
Leicester slipped out of the Champions League places as they finished fifth in the table.
Heskey feels Brendan Rodgers’ side should take the Europa League seriously and go out to win it.
“If you are going to go into a tournament, you’re going in wanting to win,” he added.
“If you’re not what’s the point? They have got more than enough to go in and put pressure on teams.
“Not many will want to come up against Leicester, with their values and players. There’s talent and no-one will want to come to the King Power.
“They’ve been a success. If you were to say at the beginning of the season Leicester would reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, semi-finals of the League Cup and finish in the top five, would you take that?
“It slipped away, look at the teams they lost to and should be beating, the draw at Watford, little things like that, but it’s a good season, someone was telling me we were in the top four since September.
“Brendan has been fantastic, he’s been a visionary in what we’ve seen from him.”
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