The Blues have already secured the £37m arrival of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, while personal terms with £54m Leipzig striker Timo Werner have been agreed.

Ben Chilwell is their next priority target as they look to improve their left-back options, while Liverpool-linked Jadon Sancho is also on their radar.

The Daily Mirror suggest former midfielder Jeremie Boga, who left Stamford Bridge to join Serie A side Sassuolo in 2018, might return as a result of the buy-back clause Chelsea inserted in that initial deal.

But Frank Lampard is acutely aware of the financial implications posed by such moves, and thus has planned for a number of first-team departures.

Pedro and Willian are chief among them, with the contracts of both expiring at the end of this season and no extensions planned.

Marcos Alonso might be sold as a result of Chilwell’s arrival, while midfielder Jorginho ‘is keen to work again’ with Maurizio Sarri at Juventus.   Continue reading

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