Chelsea were surprisingly quiet in the January transfer window, but have already made a huge statement ahead of the summer.
Hakim Ziyech’s £33.4m move from Ajax will officially go through on July 1, 2020 and the Morocco international is set to provide much needed improvements in attacking areas for next season.
And if head coach Frank Lampard is backed in the summer, there could be a mini squad overhaul at Stamford Bridge as the Blues have been linked with the likes of Timo Werner, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Moussa Sissoko among plenty others.
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The arrival of a new goalkeeper could be on the cards as it remains to be seen where Kepa Arrizabalaga fits into Lampard’s long-term plans having been dropped in favour of Willy Caballero for the last two games.
There has also been talk of bolstering the spine of the team even further.
Lampard is yet to settle on a first-choice centre-back pairing, although it would appear he’s looking to find a partner for Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante’s latest injury setback could mean a decision must be made at the end of the season.
Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure as well as Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly are just two names linked with a summer move to west London and deals for the pair would take a huge chunk out of Lampard’s transfer budget.
It just so helps that the Blues already have a player who can play in defence and midfield already at their disposal.
Ethan Ampadu will return to Cobham when his loan spell at RB Leipzig expires at the end of the season and he could save Chelsea millions in the summer.
The Wales international has had a difficult season in Germany, but made the most of a rare starting opportunity in the 1-0 Champions League round of 16 first-leg win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
Playing in the middle of a back…