Chelsea’s transfer being lifted means that the Blues are now ready to roll into the summer with money.
Truth be told, Chelsea do need some reinforcements in the squad. Of the positions which are a primary concern for Lampard, one would have to be the dilemma of a left back.
Ever since Ashley Cole left in 2013, Chelsea have struggled to replace him. Azpilicueta did a commendable job as a makeshift left back but he is now needed elsewhere.
The two left backs signed by the club since then have been Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina and Emerson Palmieri from AS Roma. Needless to say they have not lived up to the mark. While Alonso thrived at times in a three man back system, he is not fast enough to keep up with the pace of the Premier League and Palmieri despite having speed is a defensive liability.
So naturally Chelsea channeled their attention to the market where they have shortlisted Ben Chilwell of Leicester City and Alex Telles of FC Porto. With Chilwell’s price set to go beyond $70 million easily, Chelsea prioritized Telles.
And now it seems their gamble is going to pay off with Telles reportedly telling Porto he has no intention of extending his contract beyond 2021, the expiration date.
Telles moreover has a $44 million release clause at the moment, something Chelsea should be happy to pay given the inflated market right now.
It would seem Porto either sell him to Chelsea for $44 million now or lose him for free next summer. Well, the choice seems like a no-brainer.