Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has reportedly made Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell his top summer transfer target.
The Blues have been linked with the England international for a while as they look to sign a new left-back.
Chilwell, 23, has emerged as one of the best players in his position in the country with the Foxes.
Manchester City have previously been linked with a sensational £50m bid for him with a move last summer touted.
But according to ESPN Lampard has set his sights on a deal after hopefully offloading Marcos Alonso in the summer transfer window.
The Spaniard has found himself out of favour for most of the season with Emerson favoured in the most part.
Chilwell has made 19 Premier League appearances this season and has helped the Foxes to third.
He is expected to form a central part of England manager Gareth Southgate’s plans at Euro 2020 this summer and could be the man to finally establish himself as Ashley Cole’s successor.
Chelsea have made Leicester City star Ben Chilwell a top transfer target
Cole left Chelsea in 2014 with Alonso, Emerson, Filipe Luis, Yuri Zhirkov and Baba Rahman all unable to nail down the left-back role with right-footed captain Cesar Azpilicueta often having to fill in.
With just over 48 hours left in the window, Lampard looks likely to leave all his major business until the summer after enduring a frustrating month of negotiations.
The manager has made it clear that he would like to bring in another striker before the end of the month to help lighten the load on Tammy Abraham.
But so far the club have been unable to get any deals over the line ahead of Fridays’s deadline.
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