Chelsea’s transfer business has been positive already this summer, but there is one key position Frank Lampard is struggling to sort.
The Blues conceded 54 Premier League goals last season, the most inside the top ten and their defence was constantly shaky.
The combination of Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma were unable to find consistency.
Meanwhile, Lampard tried different formations to try to get the best out of his backline, switching to three at the back on occasions.
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While there seems to be a lot of issues throughout the defensive set-up, personnel is an important one to get right and that looks like it could be a struggle this summer.
The Blues have confirmed the signing of centre-back Xavier Mbuyamba from Barcelona,but the 18-year-old is seen as a long-term option rather than a short-term fix.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have also discussed the possibility of taking Lewis Dunk from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Thiago Silva, who is a free agent after PSG’s Champions League final, has also been offered to the Blues.
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However, the Brazilian turns 36 in September and it doesn’t fit the long-term vision which Lampard is trying to implement.
Declan Rice has been a key target for the club, as well, however the issue with bringing the former Chelsea academy product back is money.
West Ham would push the Blues to the very limit financially and it would be tough to get the 21-year-old, with the Hammers not keen on letting their main mango.
While deals are moving forward for Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell, two top targets for the Blues, the centre-back position is going to be harder to fix.