Chelsea’s transfer deadline day plans explained as Frank Lampard eyes striker signing

Chelsea go into transfer deadline day this month with quite a bit of business to attend to.

The Blues remain without a striker that Frank Lampard desperately wanted, despite a number of targets.

And after several departures, there could be more to come with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Tariq Lamptey and Willian linked with moves away.

With the Stamford Bridge outfit clinging onto fourth place in the Premier League, Chelsea chiefs must decide – stick or twist?

Champions League football is paramount to the club’s finances and the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal will be gunning them down.

Lampard has made no secret over his desire to bring in a striker.

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After Tammy Abraham’s injury, those demands have only amplified and a number have been linked.

The latest target looks likely to falter after Napoli rejected Chelsea’s offer for Dries Mertens.

The Belgian is out of contract in the summer but wants to stick around to become the club’s top goalscorer, where he is three of Marek Hamsik’s total of 121.

Dries Mertens does not look like he will join Chelsea
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Another forward who will be a free agent at the end of the season is Edinson Cavani, where the Blues have received a boost after Atletico Madrid ended their pursuit of the Paris St-Germain man.

The Uruguay international is Chelsea’s top target but has so failed to reciprocate the same desire – so, is signing a player who does not really want to join the ideal situation?

Luka Jovic of Real Madrid has been touted as another target but no contact has been made between the west London outfit and Real Madrid.

Luka Jovic has failed to impress since his £53m move to Real Madrid
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Meanwhile, Willian has been linked with a Barcelona switch once again while Lille lead the chase for youngster Lamptey – whose contract expires in the summer.

Another player whose deal is up…