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Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech among Chelsea recruits | Football News

Adam Smith

Data and Analysis @AdamDatasmith

Chelsea targets include Kai Havertz and Mike Maignan

Last Updated: 28/08/20 11:47am

Chelsea have already snapped up Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Xavier Mbuyamba – and are still targeting more additions. So what could the Blues’ starting XI look like next season?

Goalkeeper

Frank Lampard is in the hunt for a new goalkeeper to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer. Why? While only Manchester City and Liverpool scored more goals than Chelsea last season, 10 clubs shipped fewer goals.

Those stats clearly suggest the defence must be addressed as a priority and the writing was on the wall for their £71.6m stopper after losing his place to Willy Caballero at the start of the year and for their season-ending league win over Wolves.

Opta xG data reveals the Spain international conceded 10.6 goals more than expected last term – more than any other ‘keeper in the league.

Chelsea were linked with Andre Onana, Jan Oblak and Nick Pope but are seemingly set to swoop for Lille stopper Mike Maignan, who has played for France at youth levels and conceded 27 goals in 28 appearances in Ligue 1 last season.

Defence

The defence has undergone a major overhaul this week with blockbuster signings Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva, while France U21 international Malang Sarr also joined the club – the latter pair on free…

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