Monday , February 17 2020

Frank Lampard ‘to be given £150MILLION to strengthen Chelsea this summer’

Frank Lampard ‘to be given £150MILLION to spend this summer’ with Chelsea boss keen to target Jadon Sancho and Moussa Dembele

  • Frank Lampard will reportedly be given £150m to strengthen this summer
  • The Chelsea boss was under a FIFA transfer ban when he arrived from Derby
  • A new striker is a priority but they are also likely to require a new winger
  • Moussa Dembele, Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho are all among the targets 

Chelsea are ready to give Frank Lampard the opportunity to overhaul the side with £150million to spend this summer, according to reports. 

When Lampard left Derby County to succeed Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge, he was unable to add to the squad due to FIFA imposing a two-window transfer ban. 

That has since been lifted and according to the Evening Standard, Lampard will now be backed to the tune of £150m with his list of targets including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Lyon star Moussa Dembele.  

Jadon Sancho is of ‘serious interest’ to Chelsea as they target summer reinforcements

There is also interest in Lyon's 23-year-old striker Moussa Dembele to help bolster their attack

There is also interest in Lyon’s 23-year-old striker Moussa Dembele to help bolster their attack

Frank Lampard was frustrated in the January window but is set to be backed come the summer

Frank Lampard was frustrated in the January window but is set to be backed come the summer

Lampard was irritated on transfer deadline day that the Blues hierarchy had failed to deliver another striker, leaving Olivier Giroud stuck at the club despite angling for an exit. 

He sought reinforcements to bolster their top four credentials with Chelsea in a fight with Manchester United, Tottenham, Wolves and Sheffield United for fourth spot. 

Napoli’s Dries Mertens and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani were considered on short-term deals before those pursuits ended unsuccessfully and Lampard finished the January window as he started. 

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is another under consideration given his impressive season

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is another under consideration given his impressive season

The Standard’s report details how Dembele, impressing in Ligue 1 with Lyon, is their ‘preferred’ target, with RB Leipzig’s Werner also an option being considered.

Dembele is 23 and has been scouted multiple times by a host of Premier League clubs, with the belief that he could make a seamless transition to English football.   

With 20 Bundesliga goals this season, Werner is on the radar of all top sides in Europe and he admitted on Monday that he remains ‘open’ to a move to England. 

‘I am open for everything,’ he said. ‘I was in America for a holiday recently and English football was on all the time. 

‘That’s an exclamation mark for the Premier League. But there are also big, famous clubs and it would certainly be fun playing there.’ 

Lampard is likely to be in the market for a new winger with Pedro expected to depart and Willian yet to agree to a fresh contract. 

Lampard is desperate to build this young side in his image after the transfer ban was lifted

Lampard is desperate to build this young side in his image after the transfer ban was lifted

Sancho is of ‘serious interest’ to Chelsea but the 19-year-old is one of the most sought-after stars in Europe right now and would command a fee of at least £100m, if not more, depending on his performance for England at Euro 2020. 

He has 12 goals and 12 assists for Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season but there is a growing expectation in Germany that, such has been his form since arriving, he will make a big-money exit in the summer, with Chelsea keen to land him.  

Having not spent big in the previous two windows, Lampard is ready to be backed heavily to land game-changing players and ease the expectation on young stars such as Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.