The squad overhaul Chelsea need in the summer to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City

There may be nine days remaining in the January transfer window, but Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has admitted that it may only be short-term deals for the Blues this month.

The Blues are aiming for a top four finish in the Premier League this season to qualify for the Champions League next season, with Chelsea currently sitting fourth in the table.

Chelsea are six points ahead of Manchester United and Wolves in fifth and sixth respectively, although both teams have a game in hand on the Blues.

However, Chelsea’s results have been up and down in recent months, with the home form a particular problem for the Blues, having lost at Stamford Bridge against West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton.

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As such, Chelsea are in a battle to hold on to fourth spot, with the Blues trailing league leaders Liverpool by 24 points, with second-placed Manchester City 11 points clear of Lampard’s men, while Leicester City in third are five points ahead of Chelsea with a game in hand.

The Blues are able to sign players in January, after their transfer ban was reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

But while they have been linked with a number of players this month, they are yet to make any big signings, with 16-year-old Bryan Fiabema the only arrival so far in January.

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And while Lampard has said he would like to strengthen the squad in certain areas, he has admitted that he may have to wait until the summer to make some changes.

“I know and I feel where we need strengthening, not just in January, it is a difficult window for us,” he said.

“It is probably more of a short-term window for us. What this season has given us and continues to give us is answers on the pitch and in areas where I think we can get better and that’s for me to get right, I suppose for us, but not so much in this…