Report: Chelsea to sell several players to fund three defensive targets
Chelsea are reportedly looking to find buyers for several of their players to fund and make room for three reported defensive targets.
It should be obvious that Chelsea have serious defensive issues they need to address in the transfer window.
Despite finishing in the top four, they conceded 54 goals in the Premier League this season; more than any other team in the top half of the table.
According to a report from the Telegraph, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is facing an anxious wait to find out whether or not he will be able to strengthen his defence this summer.
The report said Chelsea are still pushing to bring Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge, which would help their attack next season, after already signing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
At the other end of the pitch, however, Chelsea will reportedly have to make space to bring in defensive recruits.
The report mentioned three players Lampard is interested in: Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, West Ham United’s Declan Rice and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell.
Before making any defensive signing, Chelsea reportedly want to find buyers for some of their players, including Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger or Andreas Christensen.
Lampard is also prepared to listen to offers for his midfielder, Jorginho, in order to raise funds to sign Rice and Gimenez.
While Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri will reportedly have to leave to make space for a new left-back, with Chilwell being top of Lampard’s wish list, ahead of Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico and Everton’s Lucas Digne.
Finding potential buyers in the current transfer climate won’t be an easy task but, with the Premier League transfer market being open until October 5, Chelsea will arguably have plenty of time.