Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has identified two priority summer transfer targets as the January window draws to a close.
The Blues were hopeful of completing winter business when their transfer ban was lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month, with a host of players subsequently entering their radar.
Lampard now looks unlikely to bolster his squad significantly, nevertheless, as we enter the final three days of the window.
It is no secret that he has been determined to bring in another striker to provide competition for star marksman Tammy Abraham.
Yet Lyon’s refusal to sell Moussa Dembele, as well as RB Leipzig frontman Timo Werner’s unavailability this month, seems to have left Lampard with limited options.
There is still time for Chelsea to find a centre-forward, with reports suggesting AC Milan ace Krzysztof Piatek is of interest to them, though they are not expected to strengthen in any other areas before the window closes.
The Blues have been unsuccessful so far in January, seemingly missing out on Lyon striker Moussa Dembele
According to ESPN, the Blues are looking to snap up Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech in the summer market.
Lampard is said to have been given the green light to mastermind a squad revamp when the window reopens, with plenty of funds in the bank as a result of their lack of business over the last year.
Leicester star Ben Chilwell is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester City
Chilwell, 23, is regarded as a potential replacement for Marcos Alonso, whose future looks uncertain in west London having fallen down the pecking order this season.
And Ziyech is also high on Lampard’s wish-list as he bids to add some much-needed creativity in the middle of the park.
The Ajax ace played twice against Chelsea in the Champions League group stage this term.
Ajax midfielder Hakim…