Chelsea’s summer transfer plans laid bare as Marina Granovskaia must back Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard was obviously left frustrated by Chelsea’s lack of transfer action over the January window.

The Blues boss made it clear that he was after a forward who could bring extra goals and assists in an attempt to secure a Premier League top four spot.

However, he didn’t get his wish and Michy Batshuayi’s problems against Manchester United laid bare where the summer will go for the Blues.

Olivier Giroud is heading out the door this summer, having failed to make his move away from Stamford Bridge during the winter.

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The World Cup winner has been underused this season, having failed to make the matchday squad on several occasions.

His performance on Monday night when coming off the bench showed that he still has something to offer, however it won’t be next season.

Then there is the dilemma of Batshuayi, a player with talent but who has never been able to take his chance when it has come about.

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Monday night was just his fifth Premier League start at Chelsea, having signed in the summer of 2016.

It means an overhaul is going to occur this summer, and the striking options are once again going to be on the top of the agenda.

Lampard has already got one in through Hakim Ziyech, but his position is not one through the middle.

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Tammy Abraham is hoping to continue being the number nine at the club for the long term, but Lampard needs a back up.

Moussa Dembele remains an option for the club this summer, with Timo Werner looking likely to head to Liverpool.

Meanwhile, left-back is also on the list for the Blues, with Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri seeing their playing time dropped down massively.

But once again this summer, the priority is going to be in attacking options, with the Blues having had 424 shots, the second most in the Premier League, and just 43…


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