Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia has worked wonders in the current transfer market and secured most of Frank Lampard’s top targets but the head coach has apparently changed his mind over a player high on his wishlist.
Lampard feels he has enough firepower now Kai Havertz has joined fellow new boys Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner at Stamford Bridge.
The defence is also looking much-improved from last season after the additions of Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell.
It was thought Lampard wanted another centre-back and he told Granovskaia to try and complete a deal with West Ham for Declan Rice.
The England international would cost around £80million and would be a gamble given he plays in defensive midfield for his club and country.
Lampard was hoping to convert the 21-year-old into a defender, which is where he used to play in his younger years.
The Athletic claims Chelsea are no longer looking for a new centre-back so Lampard has apparently ditched that plan.
The 42-year-old instead wants a new holding midfielder because he fears Jorginho or N’Golo Kante could leave this summer.
Rice is still high on the wishlist but he no longer has to convince the West Ham star to drop into a deeper role.
The Athletic adds that the west Londoners are also keen on Lille ace Boubakary Soumare and had scouts watching him last term.
Lille president Gerard Lopez has recently admitted that his star could leave this summer.
“I am going to sit down with the players and their entourages this week,” he said.
“We have had some offers for Renato Sanches and Luiz Araujo, which we rejected. We need to sit down with the players and speak.
“In terms of Boubakary, as we play with two in the midfield… The door is open if he wants to leave, but for the others we will have to discuss.
“We have had important offers from clubs where he did not want to go. All three parties have to agree for a transfer to occur.
“He’s quite impatient to play and that’s normal. It shows ambition.
“He will undoubtedly leave the club, the door is open. We have concrete offers. We will talk in the coming days.”
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