A transfer fee for Borussia Monchengladbach star Matthias Ginter, who Chelsea were interested in over the summer, has reportedly doubled.
Central defender Ginter was on Chelsea’s list of potential targets though the Blues opted for Thiago Silva instead.
Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy also arrived at Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard looked to strengthen his back-line.
Ginter has impressed with Monchengladbach this season and put in a big performance against Real Madrid in midweek.
German outlet Kicker claim Chelsea, along with Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid, tried to sign him in the summer.
And they add that his market value has ‘probably doubled’ now having previously been worth €17m.
Chelsea’s defence has impressed in recent weeks, keeping three clean sheets in a row across all competitions.
Following the goalless draw with Sevilla, Lampard said: “I think keeping clean sheets always gives confidence and that’s great.
“But it simplistic to say because you conceded these things were wrong and because you kept a clean sheet it was all right.
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“I’ve got to constantly analyse what is good and what is bad. Some parts off the ball against Sevilla was not as good as what I wanted it to be out.
“Defensively and resilience it was good, that really pleased me.”
Chelsea take on Burnley this weekend and Lampard added: “I think we are working in a really positive direction if we keep talking about the need for patience and hard work in this period as there will be some difficulties in trying to compete in this Premier League which is unforgiving for new players which have never competed in this league before.
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“But the signs I have seen from game-to-game, week-after-week, there were a lot of positives plus things we have to work on.
"So I can’t commit to any timelines for where I want to be but at the minute, I have got real aspirations that we will keep improving, and as a group to keep growing.”
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