Report: Chelsea step up in bid land Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell

Chelsea are increasingly hopeful of concluding a deal with Leicester City for Ben Chilwell ahead of the next campaign.

The 23-year-old left-back has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and talks are ongoing between the two clubs as Blues clear favourites to sign the England star ahead of Manchester City.

Though content at Leicester, Ben Chilwell is open to the move and the prospect of playing Champions League football while Chelsea believe they can agree what would be considered a reasonable fee for the 23-year-old left-back.

Chelsea are upgrading their squad with arrival of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner while talks ongoing with Bayer Leverkusen too over a fee for Kai Havertz, who is reportedly interested in switch to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Frank Lampard also wants another centre back and a goalkeeper following Kepa Arrizabalaga underwhelming campaign at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have lost Pedro and Willian to AS Roma and Arsenal respectively while they consider offers for Ross Barkley, Marcos Alonso, Danny Drinkwater, Michy Batshuayi, Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has an offer from Milan.

Frank Lampard has until October 5 to seal all his Chelsea incomings and outgoings before the transfer window shuts, while the new Premier League season beginning on September 12.

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