SaveChelsea understands that the Blues has been at the very centre of speculation since beating Wolves to secure Champions League football on the final day of the 2019/20 Premier League season.
Chelsea Boss, Frank Lampard has made no bones about his ambitions to revamp the squad in key areas after a campaign full of many positives as well as one or two areas worth addressing over the off-season.
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Much of the transfer window, especially the summer one, is about strengthening across the pitch and maintaining the quality already at a manager’s disposal. Unlike last season when the Blues lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, it appears unlikely that they will lose any key players this summer.
Instead, the likes of Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic are expected to be at the club for the upcoming season and be part of an exciting time at Stamford Bridge.
While Lampard can take a degree of comfort from having the crucial parts of his squad tied down to long-term deals, bringing in additional talent to supplement the current group of players isn’t made any easier.
Recruitment in football is perhaps one of the most testing avenues of the business. A vastly competitive industry involving high amounts of money requires shrewd decision-making right at the top of clubs. Not only that, but there needs to be a cohesive understanding from the manager to a board of directors and the owner. In the case of Chelsea, Lampard appears to have that with Marina Granovskaia who is tasked with getting transfers over the line.
The very nature of incoming transfers means that the club takes a significant risk no matter how much money is involved. Strengths and weaknesses of potential signings will be extensively scouted before an approach is even made but many unforeseeable factors have the potential to hinder signings.
However, one thing that clubs can control – at least to some degree – is how early into a transfer window they get their business done. Since announcing the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, Chelsea have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals.
Officially confirming the arrival of Ziyech back in February, as well as Timo Werner in June, has allowed Lampard to prepare for the new season with a key advantage going into a hectic campaign.
By signing both Ziyech and Werner before the start of the transfer window, Chelsea have afforded Lampard the opportunity to integrate both players into the first-team squad over a longer period of time – that could prove particularly useful given the fact that both players are yet to play in the Premier League.
Bringing in both Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva at what is still an early stage of the window, with Kai Havertz set to follow, will make Chelsea the envy of most Premier League managers who appear to be scrambling around, by comparison, to add to their squads.
One factor that will be an added bonus for Chelsea is the additional time that Lampard has had to work with Ziyech and Werner on the training pitch. Given their world-class qualities, they will both be expected to push for starting places next season and working with their new teammates in training will certainly help them acclimatise quickly..
Despite other Premier League rivals being expected to make signings before the end of the window, Chelsea could have a sizable advantage in doing some of their key business earlier this year.
Both Ziyech and Werner have the ability to excite Blues supporters and their gentle introduction to life in West London should enable them to do just that.