The rundown of Chelsea’s action plan for this summer strikes a different tone for The Athletic, although most transfer reports and articles about the upcoming transfer window are veiled in the belief that the pandemic would have disrupted and significantly altered the market.

According to Simon Johnson and David Ornstein, Chelsea is extending a wide net not only to keep scouts and scribes occupied but also to locate two “big name” signatures for next season — besides the already confirmed and checked arrival of Hakim Ziyech, who will join Ajax.

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Using the windfall of cash from Eden Hazard and Álvaro Morata ‘s sales, the study notes that the Blues have made attacking players “a special priority,” choosing Jadon Sancho, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Moussa Dembélé are already famous names as targets. Lampard has, however, made “acquiring a new left-back a priority” and here the shortlist is a lot shorter, in fact just one name: Ben Chilwell.

Recently, after it became clear that Leicester set their asking price at £80 m in the hands-off area, the Leicester City left behind has not featured much in the gossip mill. But this was before the pandemic; maybe now it’s more realistic?

The report says that for what it’s worth, Chilwell, who’s left on his current contract for four ( 4!) years, would be “tempted” to move to London. So, one of the four players and Chilwell listed as being attacking. Surely that does not make for a boring summer.

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