Chelsea fans sat either side of the fence after they heard the news that they were potentially in the race to sign Dayot Upamencano.
The Mail Online reported that Frank Lampard was ready to rival the rest of Europe in an attempt to redirect the defender to Stamford Bridge.
With a tantalising release clause of £40m (Eurosport), there are suggestions that Chelsea are willing to fight off the attentions of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool among others for the RB Leipzig prodigy.
Simon Philips relayed the story on Twitter, and the reaction from Blues supporters was varied both for and against the possible transfer.
At just 22, Upamencano has already made over 100 appearances for Leipzig, and was instrumental in their run to the Champions League semi-final and a third-place finish in the Bundesliga.
Due to his age and ability, this would be a signing a-typical of Frank Lampard’s positive mantra towards young players.
However, this revelation came shortly before it was announced that the Chelsea manager would be facilitating options to loan out one of his own talented defenders, Fikayo Tomori.
“There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else”, admitted Lampard to reporters after the FA Cup game on Sunday (via Football.london).
The centre-back position has been a hot topic of debate surrounding Chelsea, and with Thiago Silva’s career coming to a close, Lampard will need to look for replacements.
Some on social media suggested alternatives to the French international, including players from Southampton, Paris St Germain or Juventus.
Realistically, Lampard would need to move on a few of his current crop to accommodate the French international. Increasingly, it seems Tomori will be the one to fall short.
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From what I’ve seen of Upamencano in European matches, he looks like a confident young man with the ability to match. There’s a reason why so many of football’s titans are after his signature.
As much as this would be a significant signing, Chelsea already have individuals of a similar age in that position, so it would reflect poorly on Lampard if he were to re-recruit in that area.
However, if were to act, it has to be now, because there are plenty of suitors who would snap him up in a heartbeat.