Chelsea have spent more than £200million on new recruits in the busiest summer of any Premier League club.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell joined Hakim Ziyech of Ajax and Timo Werner of RB Leipzig while defenders Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr arrived on free transfers from Ligue 1.
Frank Lampard isn’t stopping there though with more new faces likely before the window closes next month. West Ham’s Declan Rice is his No 1 target with a swap deal involving Ross Barkley possible. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is set to arrive from Rennes imminently in a move that could see one of Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero leave. There could be other exits too with midfielder N’golo Kante being chased by Inter Milan and Juventus interested in striker Olivier Giroud. We’ll have all the latest throughout the day:
LAMPARD LAUGHS OFF KLOPP COMMENTS
Frank Lampard says he was “slightly amused” when reading Jurgen Klopp’s comments about Chelsea’s summer signings.
The Liverpool manager said his club had a different transfer approach to teams owned by “countries and oligarchs”.
Chelsea have spent in excess of £200 million this summer on six senior additions, with Edouard Mendy set to join them in the coming days.
But Lampard confirmed he did not take Klopp’s comments to heart.
I was less annoyed with it, I found it slightly amusing.
You can go through the Liverpool players – incredible players that came at a very high price.
It’s a great story, but a story that has seen money spent on players.
BLUES COULD TEMPT MBAPPE
Kylian Mbappe is reportedly considering his long-term future at PSG as the Parisians sweat over his contract, which expires in 2022.
And should the 21-year-old superstar leave next summer, FourFourTwo believe Chelsea are one of the best placed clubs to earn his signature.
They name Frank Lampard’s side as one of the seven clubs capable of signing the Frenchman, along with fellow Premier League outfits Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.
If Roman Abramovich’s spending this summer is anything to go by, they might just be proved right.
SCHWARZER BACKS MENDY TO BE NO.1
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer thinks imminent new signing Edouard Mendy will replace the beleaguered Kepa Arrizabalaga as Frank Lampard’s first choice stopper.
Speaking to Goal.com, Schwarzer said: “I’d be surprised if they wait too long before putting him in as number one.
“Apparently Petr Cech has had a big say in him coming to the club and you’ve got to trust his judgement.”
BID IMMINENT FOR RICE
Chelsea will make their first formal bid for Declan Rice in the next few days, according to Simon Phillips of Talk Chelsea.
Reports have placed West Ham’s valuation of Rice at around £65 million, although The Athletic claim sources at the club are adamant Rice is not for sale under any circumstances.
RANIERI INTERESTED IN DRINKWATER REUNION
Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater has been offered to Sampdoria, claim Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX .
The move would see Drinkwater reunited with former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri for the first time since winning the title together at Leicester City.
Drinkwater has two years remaining on his Chelsea contract but is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. Unsuccessful loan spells at Burnley and Aston Villa last season will have done little to encourage potential buyers, but the midfielder is reportedly keen on a move abroad.
FORMER MEN ON THE MOVE
Chelsea fans have celebrated plenty of incomings this summer, but they can also expect to welcome two familiar faces back to Stamford Bridge this season.
Branislav Ivanovic, currently a free agent, is set to sign a one-year deal at West Brom. The Serb made 377 appearances for The Blues during a nine-year stint, picking up three Premier League titles in the process.
Academy product Bertrand Traore is in talks over a £19 million move to Aston Villa. The Burkina Faso forward found first team minutes hard to come by, but has excelled since moving permanently to Lyon in 2017.
GIROUD AND KANTE IN PICTURE FOR BRIGHTON
Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante have both been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge this summer, but both are quite literally in the frame to start at The Amex this evening. Well, that’s if the club’s Twitter profile is anything to go by.
Multiple stories linked Giroud with a move to Italian champions Juventus but we reported the Frenchman would rather stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte wants to reunite with Kante at Inter Milan, but Frank Lampard has poured cold water over any potential move.
He said: “I certainly don’t want to lose him. He’s fundamental in terms of what I’m trying to do.”
EMERSON EXIT DRAWS CLOSER
Speaking of West Ham, The Athletic also report that Emerson Palmieri is one of the left-backs being considered at the London Stadium.
Palmieri looks certain to leave Chelsea this summer, having started just 13 league games in Frank Lampard’s debut season.
David Ornstein cites Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac as an alternative, so any deal looks to be at an early stage, but this move would surely make sense for all parties.
Reports earlier this summer put the versatile full-back’s valuation at an ambitious £26 million.
RICE NOT FOR SALE
Chelsea may be frustrated in their pursuit of Declan Rice, writes David Ornstein in The Athletic.
Rice has seemed keen on a return to the club he departed as a teenager but West Ham sources are adamant that the England international is not for sale, under any circumstances.
The Hammers provoked their fans’ ire with the sale of exciting prospect Grady Diangana, and the sale of Rice would provide more ammunition for critics of the board.
Frank Lampard is reportedly a serious admirer, but he may have to wait a year to get his man.
SPURS JOIN KUMBULLA RACE
Reports in Italy suggest Tottenham Hotspur have joined Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla.
The 20-year-old Albanian international looks set to move for a fee in the region of £22 million, and Verona-based newspaper L’Arena suggests Chelsea are just one of several interested parties.
Frank Lampard has already added to his defence this summer in the shape of Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr, but may be tempted to make another move to improve upon a leaky debut season at the back.
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