Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been told he must sell one of his defenders to bring in a new one. Lampard is not happy with the Blues poor defensive record this season with the Blues having conceded the most goals among the top 6 in the English Premier League.
The Telegraph says Lampard has identified West Ham’s Declan Rice and Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez as prime candidates to help shore up his backline.
Declan Rice is seen as the preferable option by Chelsea having played in the Premier League and the 21 years old is seen as a player who would fit into the system instantaneously.
The West ham player is seen as a tough and disciplined player who is very flexible given the fact that he can play either as a central defender or as a defensive midfielder.
His versatility will be a key asset to provide cover and frankly, excellence, at either position. The value of such a player is almost incalculable. Rice will be worth a major transfer fee due to the fact he is a two-position star.
Chelsea, therefore, look likely to part with either Andreas Christensen or Kourt Zouma, both of whom have failed to nail down a regular starting berth under the Blues boss.
Last week Chelsea opted against exercising their buy-back clause for former player Nathan Ake, who looks set to leave Bournemouth and join Pep Guardiola at the Etihad stadium.
Atletico’s Gimenez has also been made a top priority, although it appears unlikely the Blues will swoop for both players.