Frank Lampard has identified Ben Chilwell as his first signing once Chelsea’s transfer ban is lifted, according to reports.
The Leicester City full-back is one of the most coveted left-backs in the Premier League, attracting interest from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Lampard too is a massive fan of Chilwell and has been keeping a close eye on his progress.
The Sun claim Chilwell is valued at £70million and Lampard wants to sign the 22-year-old as Chelsea’s new long-term left-back.
Lampard dropped usual No.1 left-back Marcos Alonso from the starting eleven that lost to Manchester United on Sunday amid reports the Spaniard is weighing up his future at Stamford Bridge.
Emerson started instead, but Chelsea were put to the sword by Manchester United in a 4-0 hammering at Old Trafford. Manchester City has also been linked with Chilwell and Chelsea can expect to face competition for the Englishman’s signature.
Lampard was unable to sign any new players in his first summer as Chelsea boss due to a ban imposed by Fifa on the Blues. The two-window ban will not expire until next summer, but if the club does go ahead with an appeal it could be lifted in January.