Frank Lampard cut a frustrated figure after his sides narrow 2-1 win against Hull City in the FA Cup yesterday, despite winning the match and progressing into the next round.
The Chelsea boss has been expressing his concerns over the standard of attackers he currently has at his disposal, and contains all but publicly requested for signings this window.
There’s absolutely no excuse if the board don’t back Lampard and give him the tools he wants to succeed, especially after visiting the Court of Arbitration for Sport and having the move ban overturned.
However, there’s a general consensus that Lampard’s first choice targets aren’t available until the summer, so it does make sense to wait for them if they’re who he really wants.
But Lampard has spoken about bringing signings in now, and he needs it. He has picked up on short term choices being the goal for this month, so they need to back him with what he needs, with only 5 days remaining in the window.
So with that in mind, who are these big targets that Lampard is looking to bring in this summer?
The five possibilities are:
This deal looks like it may become reality, despite other clubs also being interested. He’ll cost over £100 million, but he would be worth the investment and be the nearest that Chelsea have got to substitute Eden Hazard.
Sancho has great friends at Chelsea already, and it’s certainly not a million miles away from happening.
It’s become public knowledge that there are issues with the performances of Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. In actuality, you would imagine that he probably has the rest of this season to convince Lampard that he is good enough. Otherwise, we could see a Chelsea move for Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
He’s currently on loan at Sheffield United and gaining gigantic plaudits. There is no way he will want to compete with David de Gea for United’s number one next season, so if Chelsea had a number one place to offer him, it could happen.
The Brighton centre-back could eventually leave the club he has been absolutely dedicated to in the summer, with reported interest from Chelsea. Dunk is a Chelsea fan and would fit the bill of the sort of centre-back they currently lack, in the form of a seasoned and dominant leader-type.
The Lille midfielder has already been mentioned by Lampard this month, so this is a pursuit that may occur this summer. Soumare is a more robust defensive-minded midfielder who can come in and challenge for a couple of areas in midfield, and bolster that area with some more strength and quality.
Probably the toughest of the lot to get done, and Chelsea may have to be resigned to look at other targets when he chooses to go to Liverpool, one of the best teams in world football at this time instead.
But he is touted as one of Chelsea’s main summer targets so there is a chance it could happen.