When it came to the art of spending money during the summer transfer window few were better at it than Chelsea.
After securing a respectable fourth-placed finish in Frank Lampard’s first season in charge at Stamford Bridge last term, the Blues’ hierarchy made the decision to loosen the purse strings and hand the Chelsea head coach a transfer war-chest in a bid to turn themselves back into genuine Premier League title challengers.
In total, the Blues drafted in seven new recruits, including the likes of Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, all of whom were big-money additions.
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Though the Blues, who discovered on Monday evening that they will face Championship side Luton Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup, could be delighted with the business they achieved during the summer, they were still desperate to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United.
Rice had been a long-term target of the Blues’, with Lampard keen to add a new defensive-midfielder to his ranks. However, West Ham’s demands simply proved to be too great, meaning Chelsea were unable to end a memorable summer window with one final bang.
With the January window now in full swing, Rice, who will have aspirations of representing England at this summer’s European Championships, is continuing to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. But with Chelsea having splashed the cash so heavily during the summer, plus the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus crisis, it is highly unlikely that they will launch a move for the midfielder this month.
The same, too, must be said in regards to Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland. In recent weeks, reports in the Italian media have claimed that Lampard has told Chelsea’s hierarchy to prioritise a move for the Norway international this month, despite…