Chelsea eyeing a move for English defender valued at £80m
Chelsea are reportedly confident about being able to sign Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell when the transfer will be re-opened in the summer.
Having failed to add to his first-team squad in the winter, the Blues new head-coach Frank Lampard is known to be keen on making some big signings this summer in order to compete for all possible trophies in 2020/21 season.
With either Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri tipped to depart from Stamford Bridge this summer, bringing in a new left-back is a top priority for Lampard.
According to Goal.com, the West London club regard themselves as frontrunners to push through a deal for England international Chilwell, while Man Utd and Liverpool are also believed to be interested in luring him away from the King Power Stadium.
The 23-year-old has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League as he has played a vital role in the Brendan Rogers side that are third in the standings at the moment.
However, with over four years left on his current deal with the Foxes, Chilwell is likely to be valued at £80m and it means that Roman Abramovich has to splash money to strengthen Frank Lampard’s squad for the next season.
Chelsea 26-year-old midfielder backed to emulate Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge
Former midfielder Joe Cole has lavished praise on Ross Barkley and backed him to achieve similar success at Chelsea as Frank Lampard.
While former Everton man has endured an indifferent period at the West London club since January 2018, the England international starred as the Blues defeated the Merseyside teams, Everton and Liverpool, before football was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Although the English playmaker continues to divide opinion at the Blues, Cole has tipped the former Everton man to continue to progress as a player and emulate Frank Lampard who is currently his manager that gives a chance to homegrown players.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Cole said: “Ross has improved. He is a top player. I’m a big fan of Ross Barkley. Always have been.
“He’s been a bit less spoken about because of Jack Grealish and James Maddison and Mason Mount, but he’s done a terrific job at Chelsea. The last two games, against Liverpool and Everton, he was brilliant. Absolutely fantastic.
“I’ve always thought he was a top player and I think he’ll be at Chelsea for many, many years. Now the challenge for Ross is can he keep doing that, can he be that player who drives Chelsea on to win trophies, like his manager was? I think he can.”
While he has failed to found back of the net in 13 Premier League games this campaign, Barkley has scored three times in the cup competitions.
Chelsea interested in the signing of 21-year-old Premier League midfielder
Chelsea are reportedly interested in securing the services of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice when the summer transfer window will be re-opened, however, face stiff competition from Manchester United for his signature.
Rice started his career at Chelsea. However, he has joined the London rivals after he was let go by the Blues as a teenager.
The talented Englishman started his career as a centre-back, however, now he’s established himself as a deep-lying midfielder and being one of the best on his position in the Premier League.
Rice is a close friend of Mason Mount following his time with the Blues and Sky Sports reports that Lampard wants to lure him back at Stamford Bridge as he considers him as a long-term replacement for Jorginho who has been tipped to sign for Juventus this summer.
However, Chelsea face stiff competition from Manchester United, the 20-times English champions have been linked with the signing of 21-year-old midfielder since the last summer and even were prepared to sell big for his signature only the Hammers turned down the bid.
Rice recently signed a new long-term contract win the London outfits, putting the Hammers in a strong negotiating position.
The price they demand is likely to be around £75m and both Man Utd and Chelsea have to break the bank in order to lure him away from the London Stadium.
Lampard will be given significant funds this summer after navigating his first campaign at the club without spending any money, while Man Utd also expected to be busy this summer.