The Blues are hot on the heels of third-placed Leicester City in the Premier League table, they have advanced to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and they are making some rather loud noises in the transfer market.
With all of that said, Chelsea are a club heading in the right direction.
After being hit with a transfer ban by FIFA last summer, the Blues have wasted little time in making attempts to bolster their squad ahead of next season, already concluding deals for Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, who will officially join the club on Wednesday, and RB Leipzig ace Timo Werner.
And despite the fact that the Blues have had to pay more than £75million to land both Werner and Ziyech, they are showing no signs of slowing down as the opening of the transfer window draws closer and closer.
It is understood by football.london that the Blues are keen on landing the services of Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell and highly-rated Germany international Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, as head coach Frank Lampard looks to assemble a squad that could close the gap on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City at the Premier League’s summit in an attempt to turn the Blues into genuine title contenders once again.
But Havertz is not the only Bundesliga star to have been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent months, with Chelsea having been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund and England sensation Jadon Sancho.
The Blues, who face West Ham United at the London Stadium on Wednesday evening, are long-term admirers of the winger and are continuing to keep tabs on his progress alongside Manchester United, who have identified the former Watford youngster as their number one transfer target ahead of the next window opening for business.
If Chelsea were to beat United to Sancho’s signature it would be a signing that would most certainly get the seal of approval from Jamie Carragher, as the former Liverpool defender, who is now, of course, a regular Sky Sports pundit, having lavished the England international with praise earlier this year.
“Sancho is one of the best young players at the moment in world football, especially when you look at his actual stats for Borussia Dortmund, Carragher told the Sky Sports Football Weekend Preview Podcast back in February.
“He’s an English player who I think will be desperate to come back, so I think he’ll be the hottest thing everyone in the Premier League will be looking to bring in.
“Will he be a hit? I think so. It’s a no-brainer, look at how well he has played in a top league with a top club under pressure. He’s playing week in, week out, his numbers are fantastic and his age is just perfect.”
It is clear that Carragher is a massive fan of Sancho, but what would be Chelsea’s strongest line up if Marina Granovskaia is able to seal a deal for the exciting winger?
Taking all of the transfer rumours into account, it is almost certain that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will retain his place in goal.
Ahead of him would be a back four, from right to left, of Reece James, who is pushing Cesar Azpilicueta hard to become Lampard’s first choice right-back, Kurt Zouma and Chilwell, should the Blues be able to complete that deal.
Lampard is already spoiled for choice in midfield without the additions of Havertz and Ziyech, meaning he has plenty of options there. But it is likely that N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic would retain their places, with Havertz operating just ahead of them as the No.10.
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In attack, Sancho’s arrival would most likely see him slot into either the left or right of a front three, with Werner down the middle and Ziyech on the other side.
Of course, there are no guarantees that this will be Lampard’s team come the opening game of the 2020/21 season, and nobody is saying it will be.
But if did prove to be, he would have a plethora of options to choose from to make up his substitutes bench, including the likes of Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic, Billy Gilmour and Mason Mount.
Chelsea’s XI: Kepa; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic; Havertz; Ziyech, Werner, Sancho.