When Chelsea boss Frank Lampard expects to make key £60m signing
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard expects to sign Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez after the Spanish giants’ Champions League campaign ends. The Blues have already been busy in terms of transfers.
Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have joined the Blues.
Chelsea boss Lampard is then hoping to sign Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen.
The German is keen to join his countryman Werner at Stamford Bridge.
It’s claimed talks are underway between the clubs, with Chelsea hoping to lower Leverkusen’s asking price.
Lampard will then look to bolster his defence at Stamford Bridge.
And according to Football Insider, Atletico Madrid centre-back Gimenez is Chelsea’s top target.
They say Lampard will make a move for the Uruguay international immediately after Atletico’s Champions League run ends.
Chelsea could end up paying around £60m for the defender, 25, this summer.
Atletico face RB Leipzig in the Champions League quarter-finals on Thursday, August 13.
Should the Spanish giants progress, they will face either PSG or Atalanta in the semi-finals.
Gimenez started 19 La Liga games for Atletico under Diego Simeone this season as the Spanish giants finished third behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.
While Lampard is looking at making additions to his side, the Chelsea boss is also ready to get rid of the deadwood at Stamford Bridge.
Transfer expert Ian McGarry says Lampard could sell up to five defenders in the current window in order to make room for new signings.
McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast: “You would have heard us speak on numerous occasions about Frank Lampard’s desire to ramp up his defence and therefore the purchases of Ziyech and of Timo Werner, and the potential arrival of Kai Havertz, do not fulfil the particular roles of augmenting the defence.
“It’s our information that Lampard is willing to sell up to four of possibly five of his current defensive players including Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Emerson and Marcos Alonso.”