Finish line in sight for Chelsea as huge Leicester deal ‘inches closer’

Date published: Saturday 15th August 2020 3:18 - Steve Pearson

James Maddison; Ben Chilwell TEAMtalk

Chelsea are making steady progress in their quest to solve their left-back conundrum by acquiring Ben Chilwell from Leicester.

The Blues have splashed the cash in the forward ranks thus far, but according to the PA, a defensive arrival is inching closer.

Leicester had been holding out for a fee to match the £80million that Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire in 2019, but Chelsea will hope to bring that down in a structured deal.

Chilwell is understood to be keen on the move and the opportunity for Champions League football with the Blues.

New boss Lampard’s pulling power continues to entice a host of top players eyeing moves to Stamford Bridge. 23-year-old Chilwell also falls into that category.

Prolific Germany striker Timo Werner and creative winger Hakim Ziyech have both name-checked former England midfielder Lampard as central to their decisions to complete moves to west London.

Lampard’s revamp is expected to continue at a pace, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz still in line to make the switch to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have also been running the rule over a number of goalkeeping options, with Ajax’s Andre Onana and Burnley’s Nick Pope both mooted.

West Ham’s England star Declan Rice is another of Chelsea’s main transfer targets, and remains on the Blues’ radar.

Owner Roman Abramovich’s staunch backing has put Chelsea in a strong position in the transfer market, with the club able to offset the effects of the coronavirus more adeptly than several other Premier League outfits.

The Blues are renowned as robust but also respectful negotiators however, and are always content for transfer business to be conducted both in the right manner and in no hurry.

Chilwell Leicester TEAMtalk

 

Several Chelsea exits on the cards

Chelsea’s rebuilding is also likely to see a number of first-team players depart in this transfer window.

Full-back Emerson Palmieri insisted he wanted to stay and fight for his Stamford Bridge future back in March, but Inter Milan have stepped up their pursuit of the 26-year-old and could prise him away from London.

Tiemoue Bakayoko could also leave the Blues on a permanent deal, with AC Milan keen on the 25-year-old France midfielder.

Bakayoko has spent the season on loan at Monaco, but the French club do not want to turn that stint into a permanent deal.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been name-checked as a potential suitor for an England international potentially on the way out of Everton

 

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