Chelsea’s ambitious summer transfer window continues to take shape, with reports that the Blues are ready to complete deals for three players as soon as next week.
The Blues’ fourth place finish in the Premier League last season provided Blues boss Frank Lampard reason for optimism and delivered the financial springboard of Champions League football.
But the fashion in which the season ended for the west Londoners in the FA Cup and Champions League has already led to Lampard admitting that he needs to strengthen his squad this summer to compete with Europe’s elite.
Speaking after the Blues’ 4-1 defeat to Bayern Munich, Lampard told BT Sport: “We will look at that. We have worked at it already.
“From having a transfer ban you feel the fact that other clubs have spent and improved and recruitment is a big part of this game.
“When you look through this team, nights like tonight in a footballing sense, show me a lot.
“The season has ended. It is a very quick turnaround but now is the time to see what areas we can improve.
“In a football sense I feel like I know where we can and now it is time to look at that.”
Talks to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz have been ongoing for several weeks, with the Blues attempting to reach an agreement on the fee.
Personal terms are not thought to be a problem, but Leverkusen are reportedly standing firm until their valuation of the midfielder is met.
Chelsea boss Lampard is also keen to add quality to his backline, with a new left-back a priority.
Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, Atalanta’s Robin Gosens and Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon have all been linked but Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell is understood to be Lampard’s first choice signing.
Chilwell’s arrival could be backed up with the imminent signing of Havertz – and also Thiago Silva – as soon as next week, according to Sky Sport in Italy.
A new centre-back is on also on Chelsea’s wishlist, with Lampard aware of the need to strengthen his back four after the high profile defeats in recent months.