Matt Law has stated that Chelsea will chase one or two new centre-backs in the summer, depending on the state and size of their squad.
The Telegraph’s News Correspondent explained the situation in his weekly Chelsea briefing, attempting to simplify the situation surrounding Frank Lampard.
Reshuffling his defensive pack has been top priority for the Chelsea manager, with plenty on the periphery hanging on to uncertain futures.
Fikayo Tomori is at the forefront of any transfer activities, with a loan spell away all but confirmed by Lampard.
Decisions over Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are also undecided. Chelsea have the option to extend Thiago Silva’s stay for another year, keeping the Brazilian in London until he’s 38.
Kurt Zouma would therefore be the only current central defender with a definitive future at Stamford Bridge, hence the requirements for reinforcements.
Law suggested that the club “will try to sign at least one commanding centre-back” when the window opens this July, extending to two if other deals are confirmed.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are interested in RB Leipzig prodigy Dayot Upamencano but would have to rival the attentions of several European heavyweights.
Sergio Ramos, a World Cup winner in 2010, David Alaba, and Jerome Boateng are out of contract at the end of this season, all fitting the bill of a ‘commanding centre-back’.
Boateng has not reached an agreement with Bayern Munich over his next destination, despite the German being “surprised” about the non-renewal news (Suddeutsche Zeitung).
Ramos’s future, meanwhile, remains uncertain and while he would be an expensive signing due to his wage demands, he could be an appealing addition to Chelsea.
Lampard proved he was willing to bring in experience at the back by snapping up Thiago Silva this summer, and if Ramos does become a free-agent, then it would not be beyond all possibility that Chelsea could repeat the trick with the Spaniard.
Lampard may also look within his ranks and recall Mark Guehi, who has shone since moving to Swansea City on loan. Swans boss Steve Cooper predicted he will be a ‘real leader and captain’ when he’s older.
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How fun would it be to get Sergio Ramos in a Chelsea strip? Unlikely, but highly entertaining at the same time.
Boateng could potentially be an excellent coup, with several years at the highest level safely tucked into his reserves.
One would hope Lampard calls upon Guehi to give him a chance in the first team, and with those leadership qualities behind him, who says he can’t excel in the Premier League?