After helping Leicester City secure a top-six finish, Ben Chilwell could finally head out to Stamford Bridge in a potential £50million deal.
Frank Lampard has been keen on the 23-year-old’s signature as he continues to bolster his squad for the forthcoming season with a squad revamp.
Both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri have been deemed not good enough and the Blues plan on fix up the defensive frailty at the left-back spot.
Leicester City — reluctant to release one of their best players — slapped a hefty £80million price tag on Chilwell, but with the Blues boss keen on working with his fellow compatriot, it appears a deal has finally been struck.
According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Chelsea are now close to snapping up Chilwell from Leicester City with a £50million deal reportedly close to being agreed.
The deal is in an advanced stage as the full-back has reportedly undergone and passed a series of medicals to examine the situation of his current heel injury.
The injury is not severe, and the England international would only be sidelined for the next three weeks.
Should the Leicester man completes the switch, he would miss Chelsea’s pre-season and probably the opening games of the Blues campaign.
The Chelsea fans will be forced to wait to see their new man in action and hope he hits the ground running.
Chilwell was in potent form for the Foxes last season. He registered three goals and four assists in all competitions, before his season-ending injury.
Chelsea have also been heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain’s veteran defender Thiago Silva.
Chelsea are seeking for a more solid defensive structure, following their vulnerabilities last season, and the 34-year-old could provide such.
Silva, whose contract has expired with the Ligue 1 outfit, was reportedly offered to Chelsea by his agent and the Blues have begun talks over a move.
However, with four clubs reportedly seeking his signature, the Brazilian international has opted to decide his future after PSG’s Champions League final on Sunday.