Frank Lampard has admitted Chelsea might not make any signings in the January transfer window – because the club will not make any knee-jerk decisions.
The Blues have been buoyed by the news that their transfer ban has been lifted by FIFA, meaning they are able to sign players once again.
And Lampard has identified several targets as he looks to add reinforcements to his young squad.
The likes of Moussa Dembele and Jadon Sancho have been linked but the club have a history of gambling on players in January in the past and them not paying off.
Radamel Falcao, Gonzalo Higuain and Alexandre Pato all arrived midway through the season on short-term deals and failed to impress.
Lampard has a bulging transfer kitty to play with but insists the club will not spend money for the sake of it.
“I don’t want to comment on those deals because I think it’s easy with hindsight,” Chelsea’s manager said.
“The players you mentioned there were top players. I think the idea of January being a time to buy players, it’s difficult for everybody: for players coming in – especially if they’re coming from a different league – for the club and for the settlement of the group. I think that’s why we have to think ultra-carefully.
Frank Lampard insists Chelsea will not be drawn into any rash decisions in the January transfer window
“I don’t want to make some kneejerk reaction to say: ‘Here’s my first big signing’ because we couldn’t sign anyone in the summer. No, I want to do the right thing for the club.
“That’s why if I do it I’ll try to consider all things. Hopefully it’s the best thing for us. Whether that’s more of a short-term option or a long-term option, we’ll also have to consider.”
Lampard is prepared for Chelsea, who have no intention of loaning Ross Barkley to West Ham, not buying anyone. “I think I should be because that’s where we’re at,”…