Frank Lampard intends to sign at least four players this summer in a spending spree that will cost Chelsea upwards of £150million, according to reports.
The Blues legend was left desperately disappointed as the club failed to bolster his squad at all last month, despite Chelsea’s transfer ban being lifted in December.
Chelsea, currently fourth in the Premier League, were heavily linked with moves for Edinson Cavani and Dries Mertens but finished the January transfer window empty-handed.
Lampard intends to compensate for Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity this summer by bringing in at least four players – a playmaker, a left-back, a striker and a central defender.
The Daily Telegraph say Ajax ace Hakim Ziyech features at the top of Lampard’s wish-list, with Chelsea set to keep tabs on the 26-year-old between now and the end of the season.
Chelsea expressed interest in signing the Morocco international in January but Ajax were adamant that he would not be sold midway through the season.
Ziyech, who is valued at around £42m, is seen as a cheaper and more attainable alternative to Jadon Sancho, who Manchester United are desperate to sign.
It is claimed Lampard will also attempt to sign a left-back in the summer and is keen to see Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell arrive through the doors at Stamford Bridge.
Despite the emergence of Tammy Abraham, Lampard is still concerned by Chelsea’s attacking options and will look to sign a top-class striker when the transfer market reopens.
Having not signed a single player in either of the last two transfer windows – and offloading Eden Hazard last summer – Lampard will reportedly have upwards of £150m to spend on summer signings.
Lampard may also look to sign a new goalkeeper if Kepa Arrizabalaga – the most expensive shot-stopper in history – fails to impress over the next few months.
Kepa was dropped for Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City last weekend and Lampard remains unconvinced by a player who was bought for £72m in 2018.
Lampard’s Chelsea welcome rivals Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
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