Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have arrived from RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively, whilst the Blue are also closing in on the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen following advanced talks between the clubs.
The only significant remaining obstacle is the Bundesliga side’s asking price, and as reported by football.london, the 21-year-old Germany international has already signalled his desire to move to west London and will likely sign a five-year deal once the clubs can agree a fee.
But in other areas of the pitch, Chelsea chiefs have already pinpointed their next signings, with Frank Lampard keen to freshen his squad.
The Blues boss has lost patience with first choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and once the Havertz is completed, Chelsea will turn their attention to signing a new number one.
Manchester United’s Dean Henderson is a target, with the Blues reportedly ready to double the England under-21 international’s wages in order to lure him from Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper has enjoyed a highly successful two years on loan at Sheffield United, playing a key part in their promotion to the Premier League – and this season, their challenge for European places.
Henderson’s contract at Manchester United runs out in 2022, but according to The MEN, the player is only willing to return to Old Trafford if he is assured of a first team place, rather than to compete with David de Gea.
Ajax’s Andre Onana is another potential target, after the Cameroon international impressed in the Dutch side’s run to the Champions League semi-final in 2018/19.
Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak is also thought to be on Lampard’s hitlist, although a deal for the Slovenian would be more difficult to complete with his release clause standing at £120million.
Atleti boss Diego Simeone previously refused to rule out a move when asked about his goalkeeper’s future by Cadena SER.
Simeone said: “It is normal that they want a goalkeeper of the characteristics and value that Oblak has and it doesn’t surprise me because he is very good.
“For us, he is decisive, very important in the dressing room, he is our captain.
“Year after year he has managed to evolve in all the matches, from goalkeeper to his handling with the group, and hopefully he can continue with us.
“It is normal to always look for the best, and we have many who are very good, some previous seasons have left, others have stayed, and it is logical and normal for a footballer like Oblak to be loved by anyone.
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“For us, he is our captain, an important player year after year and hopefully we can continue to count on his work, which is enormous for Atlético de Madrid.”
football.london understands that another position that Chelsea are keen on strengthening is at left-back, with the futures of Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso uncertain.
Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell is thought to be Chelsea’s number one target, whilst Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico and Atalanta’s Robin Gosens are also reportedly on the Blues’ shortlist.
West Ham’s Declan Rice is another consideration, with his ability to play in central defence as well as midfield attractive to Lampard.
But the Hammers would be reluctant to sell the former Chelsea youth academy player unless they reportedly receive a bid of around £80million.