• Blues eyeing major addition this summer
  • Lampard targeting a striker
  • Chelsea manpower changes continue

Chelsea FC is not spared from financial woes, a reason why Frank Lampard is a bit pressured to limit players he intends to bring to the fold. Several names have cropped up but it remains that the Blues cannot have them all. However, Chelsea is reportedly looking to make one big deal for a striker heading into the next transfer window.

Tammy Abraham is still around but Lampard reportedly wants to add another striker to give him some competition. Already secured is Hakim Ziyech, someone that the Blues coach already signed before the COVID-19 outbreak. Among the names that Lampard could be looking at include Moussa Dembele and Timo Werner. However, reeling them in will not be easy. Both players have been linked to moves to Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp also ready to spend on them.

For the Blues, another player who is still around is Olivier Giroud. Giroud is one of several players with expiring deals at the end of the season. He agreed to a one-year deal, a move seen logical. With most teams facing financial difficulties, Giroud may be holding off any potential moves at least until next summer. Willy Caballero was also re-signed and only Willian has yet to get a new lease.

One player likely to leave is Michy Batshuayi. The 26-year-old striker has spent most of his career outside Stamford Bridge since 2018. He is currently playing for Crystal Palace where he has already scored six times in 13 appearances. He has only made one start in Premier League action.

Keeping Batshuayi would have made sense but it appears Lampard has someone else in mind. Also, the Belgian is likely to fetch higher compared to Giroud. The proceeds from a potential deal involving Batshuayi are likely to be used on the mystery major signing according to The Athletic.

More names are likely to pop up in the coming weeks, most major ones. For now, Chelsea is focused on preparing for the resumption of play tentatively slated for next month. Most players are back in training except for N'Golo Kante. Kante opted out of training for fears of contracting the coronavirus. He was placed on compassionate leave by Lampard.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is eager to make an impact in the transfer window
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is eager to make an impact in the transfer window IKIMAGES / Ian KINGTON