With it unclear if many clubs will be able to spend big money this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic, Chelsea have already fired early warning shots at their Premier League rivals.
There is no doubt if Frank Lampard’s side want a realistic chance of a title challenge next season their squad requires major improvements.
Having already secured the signing of Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech back in February, the Blues look to have added more firepower by agreeing a £53 million deal with Red Bull Leipzig for striker Timo Werner.
Werner has caught the eye of many clubs this season with an incredible 25 goals and 8 assists in the Bundesliga and it seems as though Chelsea have swiped the Germany international from under Liverpool’s nose.
However, with these two impressive signings as good as wrapped up, it seems as though Chelsea are only getting started.
Sky Sports have reported Leicester’s Ben Chilwell as the club’s number one left-back target and various reports have suggested that the Londoners could hijack Manchester United’s move for Jadon Sancho.
So, with Lampard attempting to assemble a squad that will take Chelsea from a fourth-place scrap to title contenders, how could his side line up next season?
Goalkeeper – Kepa Arrizabalaga
Despite the rollercoaster ride the Spaniard’s Chelsea career has been thus far and the fact he has been dropped for Willy Caballero on more than one occasion, the club may not be prepared to cut their losses on the £72 million man.
Kepa looked to be getting back to form before the suspension of football and the Blues may take a chance on the man who keeps David De Gea out of the Spanish national team.
When the Premier League season resumes, the remainder of the campaign will be huge for the future of his career at the club.
Right back – Reece James
The 20-year old has flourished in Lampard’s young team and is only improving with each passing game.
If he continues to the consistent form he has produced in his 26 appearances this season, he will surely nail down the right back spot for the foreseeable future.
Centre back – Antonio Rudiger
The German international has produced solid performance after solid performance this season, rarely putting a foot wrong at the heart of the defence.
The 27-year old will have a huge role to play as the senior figure at the back and will be looked to by his manager to keep the young defence in toe.
Centre back – Fikayo Tomori
Upon his return from loan at Derby County, like James, Tomori has silenced his doubters when thrown in at the deep end.
In what is his breakthrough season, the young England international has made 22 appearances and has impressed with his physicality and speed.
Although there is room for improvement, Tomori has given himself a great chance of securing a place in the starting 11.
Left back – Ben Chilwell
Having been arguably the best left back in the league this season, Chilwell will not be short of offers this summer.
The Leicester left back has been key to his side’s season as they find themselves in third place and as a result has been priced at a whopping £80 million.
The left back position has been an issue for Chelsea this season and with neither Marcos Alonso nor Emerson making the position theirs, Chilwell could be the man to fill that gap in a side with title challenge aspirations.
Defensive midfield – N’golo Kante
What is there to say about Kante that has not already been said?
The Frenchman is arguably the best defensive midfielder in the world and without doubt should be the first name on Frank Lampard’s team sheet.
Despite injury issues this season, the World Cup winner is absolutely the right man to control the midfield.
Defensive midfield – Mateo Kovacic
After failing to impress in his first season at Stamford Bridge, things could only get better for the Croatian.
Chelsea took the risk of splashing out £40 million for the midfielder and it paid off.
The former Real Madrid man has made 37 appearances this season with his calm head allowing him to control the tempo in midfield.
Attacking midfield – Hakim Ziyech
Chelsea agreed a £38 million fee for Ziyech in February which could prove to be the bargain of the season.
The Morocco playmaker has caught the eye in star-studded Ajax teams the past two seasons and has made a name for himself in the Champions League.
Highly regarded for his flair and creativity, the 27-year old could cause problems for premier League defences and be the key to provide the killer pass for a red-hot attack.
Right wing – Jadon Sancho
With both Willian and Pedro set to leave at the end of this season, Chelsea will need a fresh pair of legs on the right wing.
Rumours are continuing to circulate that Chelsea could hijack the move many believe Manchester United will make for Sancho.
If that does materialise, it will be a massive statement of intent from the Blues with what could be the signing of the summer.
The England winger could propel Lampard’s side to the top of the table if he can reproduce the 17 goals and 16 assists he has recorded in the Bundesliga this campaign.
Left wing – Christian Pulisic
Christian Pulisic has been in fine form in his debut season, but he has largely been halted by injuries.
The American has recorded six goals and six assists in all competitions while glimpses of the form he produced for Borussia Dortmund.
A left-hand side of Ben Chilwell and Christian Pulisic could give defenders nightmares. However, whether or not he can stay injury-free will decide how much of a role Pulisic can play in a potential title push.
Striker – Timo Werner
All season it has seemed that Werner would be on his way to Merseyside to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, but Chelsea have swooped in and stolen him from under the nose of their rivals.
Now close to securing his signature, the Blues look to have gained one of the best strikers in world football.
If he can get anywhere close to the 75 league goals in 122 appearances he has for Leipzig, Werner could be the striker to transform Chelsea into title contenders.
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