Chelsea have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Atletico Madrid’s French winger Thomas Lemar, according to the Evening Standard. He is seen as a cheaper alternative to Wilfried Zaha and his availability on an initial loan deal makes him a tempting option for Lampard.
It is thought that there would be a £5m loan fee for the winger, with a £50m fee needed to secure him his signature on a permanent deal. The Blues are keen to bolster their attacking options this month and Lemar could be a good option for Lampard’s men.
The 24-year-old is reportedly keen on moving to a side that can offer Champions League football and could be tempted by a loan deal. Since moving to Atletico from Monaco in 2018, Lemar’s career has somewhat stalled. He has scored just three goals in 64 appearances for the Spanish side and has struggled to justify his big price tag.
The France international has made 15 league appearances this season and is yet to score a goal or register a single assist. £50 million is a hefty price tag for a player who has not yet made a direct contribution in the league this season.
However, the loan option makes the decision less simple. If Lemar were to come in on loan, his talent could be assessed by those at Chelsea. It would become apparent if Atletico Madrid was just not the right fit for him, or if he has lost all confidence.
Signing Lemar would be a risky move from Lampard and it might be better to focus on the wingers currently at the club and go all out for Jadon Sancho in the summer.