Frank Lampard has a chance to steal in and swoop for Bournemouth star Nathan Ake, who looks set to join Manchester City.
But has has chosen not to – and that would be a wise decision.
Pep Guardiola is looking to strengthen his squad with the transfer window now officially open.
As well as looking at a replacement for Leroy Sane, his defence has given him major concerns this campaign.
Both John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have failed to impress while Aymeric Laporte’s continued injury problems have given Guardiola much to stress about.
And he wants to get players in early doors – with Ake close to a £41m deal, as well as Valencia winger Ferran Torres.
Nathan Ake looks set to join City
Bournemouth are happy to cash in after being relegated while Chelsea have first-option on the Dutchman.
However, with time running out, it appears Lampard is not interested in him – surprising given the state of Chelsea’s defence.
The Blues may have finished in the top four but their backline is horrendously leaky – conceding 54 times in the Premier League alone.
That is the most in the top 10 – and that blame should be shared between defenders, goalkeepers and coaches.
Signing a centre-back is imperative no matter what going into next season – so why not sign Ake?
Experienced in the Premier League, came up through the club’s academy and a strong defender who can play multiple positions.
Chelsea are on the hunt for defensive recruits
He is also left-footed, an attribute no Chelsea defender possesses – but Lampard is right to turn his nose up at the Netherlands international.
The Blues have four centre-backs – Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori – and none of them can defend aerially, not especially well anyway.
And that is Ake’s Achilles’ heel – he cannot win a header, winning around half of his aerial duels – so…