Chelsea are awaiting news on when the Premier League season can safely restart.
All Premier League matches have been postponed indefinitely in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, with tentative plans formed to resume fixtures in June.
Back in west London, Frank Lampard’s side had started to regain momentum before the season was interrupted, with an impressive win over Liverpool in the FA Cup and league victories over Tottenham and Everton.
The Blues had hit a patchy run of form prior to that, suffering a thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League to leave their European hopes hanging on by a thread, and a disappointing home defeat to Manchester United.
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But when the campaign finally does resume, Lampard will be confident that his players can continue where they left off against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, and consolidate their place in the top four to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Once they do, Chelsea will be in a strong position to continue their summer recruitment plans ahead of 2020/21. Hakim Ziyech has already completed a deal to join from Ajax, while the Blues are also keen to add in several other areas.
In goal, Kepa Arrizabalaga had regained the number one spot with a series of impressive performances, but there is interest in signing Ajax’s Andre Onana, with the Cameroonian already admitting that he is looking to leave the Dutch side this summer.
The back four appears to be more settled, with Kurt Zouma’s partnership with Antonio Rudiger looking a solid one. Marcos Alonso’s return at left-back was a slightly more surprising development, but the Spaniard has been excellent since his recall, and has chipped in with crucial goals.
However, Chelsea are still intent on strengthening, with interest in Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and Porto’s Alex Telles.