Frank Lampard has admitted he is happy with his two upcoming summer signings Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, but also added that Chelsea are still in the market to spend big again on more signings.
The 42-year-old demonstrated how well he and his board are working together to get first two signings despite the Premier League’s summer transfer window is yet to open.
The west London club were banned from spending last summer, then failed to make any additions in January, despite having their FIFA transfer punishment lifted.
But technical adviser Petr Cech and managing director Marina Granovskaia have worked alongside boss Lampard to seal impressive deals for £53million Werner from RB Leipzig and £36m Ziyech from Ajax.
And despite Blues secured the signings Ziyech and Werner, boss Frank Lampard still in market to further strengthen his squad with Leicester’s left-back Ben Chilwell is top target for Blues boss.
The 23-year-old, who scored wonderful goal for Leicester city in 1-1 draw against Watford last weekend, has been valued at £80million by the Foxes but Chelsea are hopeful that he will be cheaper in the current financial climate.
Bayer Leverkusen star Kia Havertz is another player strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent week.
Havertz, 21, has been tracked by top clubs across the Europe with including Manchester United and Liverpool but according to reports in recent week, Chelsea are desperate to snap up the German international.
The Blues are reportedly opened talks with Leverkusen in order to signing the 21-year-old creative midfielder, who scored 16 goals and contributing nine assists in all competitions this season.
Chelsea also in market for new centre half and if Kepa Arrizabalaga can be loaned out, a new goalkeeper, will arrive at Stamford Bridge.
Even reports yesterday that boss Frank Lampard is identified on-loan United Dean Henderson as a priority following a poor season for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The young goalkeeper has impressed during his two-year loan spell with Sheffield United, especially this campaign helping the Blades compete for European football.
And according To The Sun, Chelsea have thrown a spanner in the works by making clear their intention to tempt the £53million-rated shot-stopper to Stamford Bridge despite Manchester United opened contract extension talks with the 23-year-old last week.
Lampard says: ‘This is Chelsea Football Club and we want to close the gap, and signings like Timo and Ziyech are nice statements. There are other areas we may want to improve on as we go along. They have to be players who are in the market and we feel we can get.
‘We know there is a big gap going upwards, when you look at the performance of Liverpool and Manchester City in the last couple of years. So we need to try to work to close that gap but we have to be ready to give the players that come in, the two players you’re talking about, some time for adapting to the League.’
‘I was here a long time as a player and one thing I realised coming into this job as a manager is that people will persistently ask about your relationship with the board, the owner,’ adds Lampard.
‘Hopefully this shows how we’ve worked togetherin recruitment and scouting, all playing our roles in trying to bring in the right players. I haven’t spoken to the owner recently, [but] I speak to Marina a lot and with Petr as well.’