How Frank Lampard’s Chelsea could line up next season with new signings, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva.
(African Stand) — Chelsea certainly isn’t resting on their laurels despite having already completed the signings of Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, and Hakim Ziyech ahead of next season.
The Blues took their spending this summer north of £200million with the signing of Havertz on Friday night as the Bayer Leverkusen man became the seventh new face through the door at Stamford Bridge.
Former PSG centre-back Silva sealed a free transfer to Chelsea last week, signing a one-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.
The Brazilian’s arrival followed hot on the heels of Leicester full-back Chilwell completing his £50million move to the Blues as Frank Lampard landed his top left-back target.
Leicester had initially been holding out for up to £80million, similar to the fee Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire last year, but eventually lowered their asking price for the England international.
Sarr followed on a free a day later.
Meanwhile, Werner and Ziyech, who agreed on moves during last season, have already made their first-team debuts, with Werner scoring in a 1-1 person friendly draw at Brighton last Saturday.
Declan Rice has been Lampard’s first choice at centre-back, though West Ham boss David Moyes sees the 21-year-old as a future Hammers captain and will demand around £70million to sanction his sale. Silva is seen as a more cost-effective option, and his arrival could mean a move for Rice is put on the backburner.
Lampard has made his opinion of Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, abundantly clear having dropped the Spaniard for 38-year-old Willy Caballero at the end of last season.
The Blues are keen to bring a new No1 in this summer, and have earmarked Edouard Mendy as a target, but are struggling to drum up interest in Kepa in order to fund any replacement.
Here is how they could line up in 2020-21 with a blend of academy graduates and new signings in Lampard’s preferred formation…
Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Havertz; Ziyech, Mount, Werner