Genk midfielder Sander Berge is attracting a lot of interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including the Blues, but should Chelsea stay clear of the Norwegian starlet?
The 21-year-old has made 20 appearances in all competitions for the Belgian side this season, scoring twice and impressing throughout. Recent performances in the Champions League have grabbed the attention of Europe’s elite, according to the Daily Mail.
Chelsea are allegedly hoping to use their previous dealings with Genk to move to the front of the queue for Berge. However, would this be an unnecessary move for the Blues?
Frank Lampard has a wealth of options in central midfield, and the impending return of RLC only increases this. Jorginho has become one of the first names on the team sheet this season. Kovacic has developed a wonderful partnership with the Italian, and Kante is just Kante. He speaks for himself.
Then there is Mason Mount, who has been immense this season. Throw into the mix Ross Barkley, the returning Ruben Loftus-Cheek and youngster Tino Anjorin and, suddenly, you are looking at seven players for a maximum of three positions.
This is without mentioning loan star Conor Gallagher. The England U21 midfielder is making his own strong claim to be the next loan star to break into the first team.
The ability and relative youthfulness of many of the central midfield options around the club suggest that spending potentially big money on a promising youngster who may or may not work out is risky.
It would be a safer bet for Lampard to trust his own.