Chelsea chiefs are ready to hand Frank Lampard a huge transfer war-chest of more than £150m.
The Blues have now gone two windows without signing any players despite their transfer ban ending early.
The former England midfielder was vocally disappointed by the club’s failure to sanction any incoming deals, and is set to be appeased at the end of the season.
The Evening Standard have reported that Lampard has been given assurance that a mammoth budget is on the way after he missed out on short-term moves for Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli’s Dries Mertens.
The report goes on to reveal that Lyon forward Moussa Dembele and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner are options upfront, while holding a serious interest in Jadon Sancho.
Chelsea are now only four-points clear of fifth place having drawn with Leicester City on Saturday, with Lampard naming his side as the underdogs in the Champions League qualification race.
He said after match: “We were the better team in the first half, in terms of how we moved the ball, and we created some gilt-edged chances.
“In the second half we weren’t so fluid and they created some good chances themselves.
“Toni Rudidger and Andreas Christensen were really good. Toni was aggressive, the second goal is a really great header, so I’m really pleased with him.”
Before adding: “We were underdogs at the start of the season.
Frank Lampard is set to have the chance to spend big in the summer transfer window
“Not many people gave us the top four slot and I understand why, and it’s probably the same now.
“We’ve come to Leicester, who everyone’s raving about, quite rightly, and we’ve got a point. We move on.”
Paul Merson has also given his thoughts on the battle for fourth spot, and outlined how Chelsea can secure their place within the next month.
He told Sky Sports: “If you had asked me five weeks ago if Chelsea had a problem…