Chelsea have been the Premier League’s big spenders over the past few months, dropping more than £200m on new players following the end of their transfer ban.
Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell have all made their debuts for Frank Lampard’s side, while Edouard Mendy is expected to feature soon and Hakim Ziyech continues his recovery from an injury sustained in pre-season.
The Blues might not be finished, though, and there’s just under a week remaining for them to make further additions to a squad which finished fourth in last season’s Premier League.
We’ve got the latest on the potential comings and goings in west London as Lampard’s side attempt to build on the positive elements from their weekend comeback at West Brom.
Blues prepare Declan Rice bid as deadline nears
The summer splurge might not be over just yet, with Declan Rice still on the Blues’ radar.
The midfielder, who began his career in Chelsea ’s academy, will not come cheap after continuing to play a key role at West Ham United, captaining the Hammers in their 4-0 victory over Wolves on Sunday evening.
Despite West Ham assistant manager Alan Irvine saying Rice “is not somebody with other things on his mind,” the Evening Standard reports that Chelsea are lining up a bid to bring the 21-year-old back to west London.
Rice remains good friends with Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, and the pair played together in England’s recent Nations League draw with Denmark.
The West Ham man played every minute of the 2019/20 Premier League season, helping his team do the double over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Lampard coy on Rudiger future
Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea future is up in the air, with the centre-back struggling to get a look in this season.
Rudiger is understood to have played a part in his German international teammates Werner and Havertz moving to Stamford Bridge, but he has yet to play a competitive minute for his club this season.
The arrival of Thiago Silva has helped push him down the pecking order, prompting talk of an exit for the former Roma man, but head coach Lampard refused to shut the door on the defender when quizzed on Rudiger’s future.
“I wouldn’t assume anything. I will make no assumption,” Lampard said in a press conference ahead of his team’s Carabao Cup meeting with Tottenham Hotspur, as reported by football.london.
Rudiger was not in the matchday 18 for the previous round of the competition, with Silva and Tomori starting the 6-0 victory over Barnsley, and Kurt Zouma coming off the bench.
Talks ‘ongoing’ as Everton resume Zouma chase
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Frank Lampard’s team have made wavs by signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.
And they don’t seem keen on slowing down yet. one player who continues to be linked with the Blues is West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.
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Zouma impressed on loan at Everton during the 2018/19 season, and reports in France suggest the Merseyside club are keen to bring him back to Goodison Park in a permanent deal.
The former Saint-Etienne centre-back played 32 league games under Marco Silva, but returned to Stamford Bridge last season and has featured regularly since.
According to Le10Sport, via Sport Witness, Silva’s successor, Carlo Ancelotti, is keen to add defensive reinforcements amid an injury crisis at Everton.
The report claims talks between Everton and Chelsea have begun, but Ancelotti’s side would need to pay €40m (£36m) for the defender.
Zouma has played two league games this season, scoring in Chelsea’s victory over Brighton, but was not involved in the 3-3 draw with West Brom as Silva was handed a league debut in central defence.