Chelsea have had quite a disappointing summer, having lost the likes of Eden Hazard, David Luiz and Alvaro Morata while failing to sign a single player in the transfer window. This is due to their transfer ban sanctioned by FIFA that will restrict them from signing any new players until next summer.
However, the Blues are confident they can escape the ban. That means they will be able to sign players in the upcoming January transfer window, which will enable Frank Lampard to strengthen his squad. In this article, we will talk about three players Chelsea should target if their transfer ban if lifted before the turn of the year.
Timo Werner is currently one of the hottest prospects in Germany, having enjoyed a superb spell at RB Leipzig. Since joining Roten-Bullen back in 2016, he has netted an incredible 63 goals in just 117 competitive matches for the club. As a result, he is now regarded as one of Bundesliga’s best attackers.
Werner has recently signed a contract extension until 2023 with RB Leipzig. But, it is believed that the contract holds an extremely cheap €30 million release clause, which is an absolute bargain for a player of his calibre.
The 23-year-old can solve Chelsea’s problems in the goalscoring department, even though Tammy Abraham showed a lot of promise with his performance against Norwich City. However, the Blues could expect a lot of competition in the pursuit of the German international.
Chelsea are in desperate need of a holding midfielder, with Jorginho being the only reliable option in the said position. West Ham United star Declan Rice, in that regard, could be an excellent option, having already impressed in the Premier League last season.
At the age of 20, Rice has already made 73 competitive appearances for the club. And with time on his side, coupled with the fact that he is English, makes him an ideal target for Frank Lampard. The Chelsea legend has already put great emphasis on the development of young players at Chelsea this season.
Rice can provide competition to Jorginho in the holding midfield role, and if necessary, he can even be utilised as a makeshift centre-back. And at just 20, he could be a smart long-term investment for the Premier League giants.
The departure of Luiz to Arsenal has accentuated the need for a new centre-back at Chelsea. The Blues currently have Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger. But, signing a ball-playing centre-back would be ideal as they have become an integral part of a team’s build-up from the back.
Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar, in that regard, could make an excellent candidate. The Slovakian international is currently one of the best defenders in the Serie A and his ability to read the game coupled with his supreme ball distribution should add a new dimension to the Chelsea side. He could, however, cost a fortune, with the defender’s current contract at Inter expiring in 2023.