If you thought Chelsea were done for the summer transfer window, you are in for a surprise.
Frank Lampard magnificently secured the transfers of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for a collective price of around £84 million.
The Blues boss conceded that further improvements are necessary despite his inspiring signings. He said, “This is Chelsea Football Club and we want to close the gap, and signings like Timo and Ziyech are nice statements. There are other areas we may want to improve on as we go along. They have to be players who are in the market and we feel we can get.
“We know there is a big gap going upwards when you look at the performance of Liverpool and Manchester City in the last couple of years. So we need to try to work to close that gap but we have to be ready to give the players that come in, the two players you’re talking about, some time for adapting to the League.”
Chelsea are reportedly looking at Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, Kai Havertz. They have been left stumped by the former’s £80 million asking price and Havertz could cost as much as £90 million. Lampard wants to improve his defence with at least one more centre-half and possibly a replacement for Kepa Arrizibalaga.
“I was here a long time as a player and one thing I realised coming into this job as a manager is that people will persistently ask about your relationship with the board, the owner,” adds Lampard.
“Hopefully this shows how we’ve worked together in recruitment and scouting, all playing our roles in trying to bring in the right players. I haven’t spoken to the owner recently, [but] I speak to Marina a lot and with Petr as well.”
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