Three Chelsea players who could be sold to fund next stage of Marina Granovskaia transfer hunt

Frank Lampard will be the first to outline Chelsea’s need for improvement before the upcoming season kicks off.

The Blues boss was nominated for Premier League Manager of the Season for 2019/20 alongside Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Chris Wilder.

While some may argue that there were managers who should have been ahead of Lampard in the nominations, his presence illustrated the impressive work he had done at Stamford Bridge in his debut season as boss.

Operating with a relatively inexperienced squad under a transfer ban and having lost star man Eden Hazard made qualification for the Champions League all the more outstanding.

Nevertheless, defensive issues will be a key area of concern for the Blues heading into the 2020/21 campaign and, despite having shelled out for both Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva, Lampard remains keen on the prospect of further reinforcements in goal and across his porous backline.

Given the signings of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and possibly Kai Havertz, the Blues may be reliant on selling some players in order to invest at the back.

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Below, football.london points out three players who could be sold to fund more defensive reinforcements in this transfer window.

Marcos Alonso

The arrival of Chilwell means that the Spanish left-back could be shown the door in this transfer window.

Despite featuring in 18 league matches last season, Lampard appeared far from convinced of Alonso’s defensive abilities. The 29-year-old added a good attacking threat down the left but an imbalance between defence and attack often left the Blues boss needing to change shape.

Added frailties between the sticks and at centre-back mean that selling a defensively-vulnerable full-back like Alonso may not be the worst idea.

He probably won’t command the most sizable fee but his quality going forward means there should be several potential…