Chelsea’s £60m Willian mistake highlights the issues Frank Lampard must solve in transfer market

It is widely expected that Willian will leave Chelsea on a free transfer this summer. 

The Brazilian’s contract expires at the end of the season and he will turn 32 in August. Chelsea are unlikely to offer him a bumper new deal and he seems set on leaving.

Willian’s exit, alongside the anticipated departure of Pedro, who is also in the final months of his contract, leaves Chelsea’s wide options a little bare.

They signed Christian Pulisic in a £58 million last year and invested another £33.3 million in Hakim Ziyech earlier this season, the Ajax attacker set to join up with the squad this summer. But other than the pair and young Callum Hudson-Odoi, the current squad lacks depth and variety in wide areas and Frank Lampard might want to invest further in the position.

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As a result, Chelsea have been linked heavily with Jadon Sancho. The Borussia Dortmund starlet has 26 goals and 29 assists across his last 57 Bundesliga appearances and would be a terrific solution to the potential right-wing problem. 

But even without investing the £100-plus million that it would take to prise Sancho away from Westfalenhallen, the wing positions have demanded quite the outlay – over £92.3 million on Pulisic and Ziyech, to be precise – to simply maintain the status quo.

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Of course, Eden Hazard was sold in a record deal last summer. The Belgian moved to Real Madrid for a fee that could exceed £150million with certain clauses met. But with Hazard struggling for form and fitness this season, it is unlikely that they will see much of the £60million in add-ons that is a part of the deal. In fact, Chelsea have already spent the £89million that was guaranteed from the deal on Pulisic and Ziyech.

This leaves the Blues in a bind. They want to invest in the wide positions, and will need to should both…


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