Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants to bring Leicester City full back Ben Chilwell to Stamford Bridge in the next transfer window, according to Sky Sports.
The left back area has been a problem for Lampard throughout the season with neither Marcos Alonso nor Emerson Palmieri managing to impress him and secure a starting spot consistently.
The 23-year-old Chilwell has meanwhile enjoyed a stellar season with the Foxes, who sit five points and one place above Chelsea.
Chilwell has also established himself as England’s starting left back under Gareth Southgate post the 2018 World Cup.
However, Chilwell is under contract at the King Power Stadium until 2023 and Chelsea may need to spend big if they are to secure his signature.
Leicester have proven themselves to be shrewd operators in the market over the past few windows making huge profits off players like Harry Magurie and Riyad Mahrez while making smart signings such as Caglar Soyuncu and Ayoze Perez.
Chilwell would be the second big name arrival at Stamford Bridge this summer with Hakim Ziyech already arriving from Ajax for £34m.
Chelsea were under a transfer ban last summer and failed to sign anyone in January and owner Roman Abramovich seems to be very keen to make up for lost time.
RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has also reportedly agreed a deal with the Blues for £49.4m.
A mass exodus of players is expected to fund these deals including the aforementioned Alonso and Emerson.
Chilwell would be the latest young Englishman to appear for Chelsea after impressive performances from academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, and Fikayo Tomori.
The prospect of his arrival combined with the existing young core of the team has gotten Chelsea fans excited about the coming season but the Blues must secure a Champions League spot first to continue their growth.
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