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Chelsea morning headlines as Frank Lampard performs transfer U-turn and face biggest challenge

Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Tuesday, 8 September.

Lampard outlines his transfer plan

Frank Lampard has ditched his idea of converting West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice into a centre-back if he was to sign the England international this summer.

Rice, who will be hoping to help England defeat Denmark in the Uefa Nations League this evening, has been closely linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for several months, with Lampard adopting the idea of turning the defensive-midfielder into a central-defender.

However, it is claimed by The Athletic, as cited by the Express, that Lampard has now ditched that plan, with another new centre-back no longer on his to-do list.

Despite that, the Blues do remain keen on Rice, with Lampard of the belief that he will need to add another defensive midfielder to his ranks if either N’Golo Kante or Jorginho leave the club before next month’s transfer deadline.

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Lampard’s biggest challenge after big-money spending spree

After spending more than £200million so far this summer, Blues chief Lampard now faces an array of challenges, as well as plenty of expectation weighing on his shoulders.

Having spent so much money so far this summer, landing the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and most recently Kai Havertz, who joined the club last week for a club-record fee, Chelsea now face the expectation of competing for the Premier League title this season, not just the top four.

But with six new signings having been made so far this summer, it is going to take Lampard time to work out his strongest team, stick with it and get his side playing in a settled rhythm.

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