Chelsea are reportedly the ones that are leading the chase for heavily courted Leicester star Ben Chilwell, who is a key target for Frank Lampard & co.
Frank Lampard seems to have steadied the Chelsea ship. But, there is still a long way to go before Chelsea become genuine contenders for trophies. One such step that is needed to be taken is at the back, with the club making Leicester City star Ben Chilwell a key target for the upcoming window(s), according to Daily Mail.
The report states that Chelsea are currently in the lead over other clubs that include the two Manchester sides. Manchester City were interested in the summer but were thrown off by the exorbitant price quoted by Leicester for Chilwell. The Red Devils on the other hand, are reportedly eyeing a double move for the left-back and his teammate James Maddison.
Chelsea’s concerns at the left are not undocumented. Marcos Alonso’s gung-ho attacking nature leaves Chelsea prone at the back. Emerson is an improvement defensively but doesn’t seem to be good enough to lock down his place as a regular for lengthy periods of the season.
Bringing in Ben Chilwell could be the first step for Chelsea, who have in Reece James, a potential long-term solution for the problems on the right side. Chilwell isn’t exactly lighting up the pitch on offence or defence. But, the Englishman brings a certain calmness into the side, which is something the Chelsea defence is currently lacking.
The back four at Chelsea currently looks erratic at times and has led to much joy for the teams facing them, with just one clean sheet recorded in the season in all competitions to date.
Leicester on the other hand, have recorded more (3) while being creatively competitive, which currently sees them placed fourth on the Premier League table. Calm, dominant in the air; careful on the ball with a penchant for dribbling and being involved in the build-up play; Chilwell might just be the perfect fit for a Chelsea side that are redefining the way football is played at Stamford Bridge.
The only bother could be the asking price. Leicester refused to budge against Manchester City and made Manchester United pay over-the-odds for Harry Maguire. Arranging an agreement that doesn’t see Chelsea empty a large chunk of their coffers available for transfers will be difficult.
But, given the youth revolution that is taking place at the club, Frank Lampard is unlikely to need reinforcements in many positions, which could see Chelsea go big on ‘the one’.