Chelsea’s transfer rumours are beginning to heat up.
Recents links have included Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, Lyon striker Moussa Dembele and West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.
The club are also reportedly keen on Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, who has over the last couple of years emerged as one of the Premier League’s most promising full-backs.
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Another player tipped to be part of Frank Lampard’s Stamford Bridge revolution is Miralem Pjanic.
According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport , Juventus are considering offloading the Bosnian to make room for one of their midfield targets, with Chelsea’s Jorginho thought to be chief among them.
Should Jorginho opt for a reunion with Maurizio Sarri, under whom he played at Napoli and Chelsea, the prospect of the Blues acquiring Pjanic’s services is an intriguing one.
While the former Roma favourite has just turned 30 and has experienced a dip in form this season, embarking on a new adventure as part of an interesting project in Lampard’s Chelsea could give him fresh impetus.
It could also benefit Chelsea, at both ends of the pitch.
While Pjanic has primarily operated in a deeper berth during his four years at Juventus, he deservedly gained a reputation as one of Serie A’s most creative midfielders while at Roma.
Indeed, during the 2015/16 season – his last at the Stadio Olimpico – he was directly involved in 22 goals with 10 goals and 12 assists.
The subsequent declining numbers don’t necessarily reflect a diminished output, rather a tactical shift – first under Massimiliano Allegri then under Maurizio Sarri – which has seen him operate as the deepest in a midfield three.
Pjanic has the technical skills and positional sense to expertly perform this prospective role at Chelsea, which would allow…