Lampard have watched ‘s Jose Gimenez as assesses his options for defensive signings this summer, according to reports.

Lampard could choose to make changes to his central defensive options in the coming window after a spell in which his players in that role have faced significant criticism.

But he would have to sell or loan out at least one of his current centre-backs if he wants to bring in a new player in that position as there are current a number in the squad.

Chelsea’s issues at the back were highlighted as they lost 5-3 to Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night, which means their place in next season’s Champions League is now in doubt.

While, according to the , Declan Rice is their top target, West Ham do not want to sell and are in a strong position after staying up mathematically.

They would want £80million for him and would not be keen on the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley in exchange.

While Chelsea would benefit from Rice telling West Ham he wants to move to Stamford Bridge, the Blues are also looking elsewhere.

Gimenez is reported to be one of those options as Chelsea have had scouts at Atletico Madrid’s games a number of times. Continue reading

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