Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
Chelsea are unlikely to make any new signings in the January transfer window. But, should Frank Lampard last until the summer, Blues supremo Marina Granovskaia could provide him with backing. So Express Sport will now take a look at the four players in their sights at the current time of writing.
You knew this one was coming, of course.
Declan Rice has been linked heavily with a move back to Chelsea over the past 12 months, with the England international shining at West Ham.
He left Stamford Bridge as a youngster but has impressed ever since, sparking interest from Lampard in the process.
West Ham want £80million for the midfielder, who is also on Manchester United’s radar.
But a move to Chelsea seems far likelier, with Rice wishing to remain in London should he leave the Hammers behind.
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Chelsea have seen Edouard Mendy impress at Stamford Bridge ever since signing from Rennes back in the summer.
But the Blues have been linked with Gianluigi Donnarumma, whose time at Serie A giants AC Milan appears to be winding down.
Chelsea can be forgiven for eyeing Donnarumma, who has helped Milan emerge as genuine contenders for the Scudetto with his performances this term.
And given he’ll be available for free, it’s possible he’ll move to the capital.
That would be harsh on Mendy – but having two top goalkeepers certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing.
It was reported in December that Chelsea were among the clubs keen on landing Erling Haaland, the prolific Borussia Dortmund goalscorer.
Manchester United and Real Madrid’s interest in the Norway international is already known – but Chelsea could be tempted to swoop.
Lampard has clearly grown frustrated with Timo Werner already, with the Germany international on a run of 12 matches without a goal.
And, in Haaland, he’d be signing the real deal.
Of course, it seems unlikely right now. But Chelsea have shown their savvy side in the transfer window before – so could do so again.
We’ve mentioned Werner misfiring this season, while Tammy Abraham is far too inconsistent for Lampard’s liking.
But Diego Costa could be worth a punt, especially if Olivier Giroud departs.
The Spain international was a huge hit during his time at Chelsea, scoring 59 goals from 120 appearances between 2014 and 2018.
So with Lampard needing firepower, he’d certainly be tempted to swoop for Costa – who left Atletico Madrid at the end of December.
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