The summer transfer decision Chelsea must make before embarking on Sancho and Coutinho deals

When Chelsea enter the transfer marked this summer, fans will be hoping for a solution to their forwards issue.

The Blues are set to lose Willian and Pedro at the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign with their contracts having come to an end.

Michy Batshuayi is also going to be up for an exit from Stamford Bridge with the Blues willing to let him go after a disappointing spell.

Blues supporters are excited about who might be joining the Blues along with Hakim Ziyech this summer, with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Philippe Coutinho being linked.

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The left-back position is also one area where Lampard wants to improve, with links to Alex Telles and Ben Chilwell being made.

But before all of that can happen, there is another area which must be sorted if the Blues are to progress.

During the 2019/20 campaign, the Blues have had the worst defensive record out of the top seven, having conceded 39 goals in the Premier League.

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In their Champions League group, only Lille had a worse defensive record than Frank Lampard’s side.

Over the course of the season, Lampard has tried every combination going in order to find his perfect defensive partnership.

Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori have all featured at centre-back, while Cesar Azpilicueta moved into the right of three at the back.

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However, nothing has massively clicked between the pairings, and if the Blues are to build on their success, then they have to sort out the situation.

It’s unlikely that the Blues will be able to use the Loan Army to bolster their defence, with Marc Guehi set to stay at Swansea City for another season.

Jake Clake-Salter and Trevoh Chalobah might have a chance to fight for a spot in the team, however Lampard will be hoping for more…