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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard eyeing £70m January signing... but there’s a catch


Frank Lampard has outlined his next Chelsea transfer target (Image: GETTY)Chelsea are having to make use of their fruitful youth system this term after the club received a transfer ban from FIFA that will last until next summer.Lampard had already embedded Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount into his plans and could use more graduates as the season progresses.

Although the ban could’ve had an influence on Lampard’s arrival, the club’s all-time top scorer has already made plans for if their ban is reduced.The Blues have outlined Leicester’s Chilwell as a key winter target, and will pursue a £70million deal when the ban ends. Related articles
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Marcos Alonso and Emerson are the current options in that position but both have failed to nail down the first choice spot.The report goes on to say that both Barcelona and Real Madrid could renew their interest, as could Atletico Madrid who have had a £71m bid rejected.Former Derby boss Lampard has spoken out about the ongoing ban ahead of their opening clash against Manchester United, and revealed that he doesn’t want any mention of it around the club.


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Leicesters Ben Chilwell has been linked to several European clubs (Image: GETTY)He said: “I don’t want – and I said this to the players the first time I spoke to them.

“I don’t want talk of the ban, I don’t want talk of what is success, what might be success, and any lowering of standards.“I want to set out as we should do.“And when I looked around the room I was looking at top players everywhere, and a big squad full of quality.
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“And we just have to accept that and use the challenge of what we’ve got and have absolute belief in what we’ve got because I think with the ban it’s been very easy to write off this squad somewhat.“What matters is how we approach it and if I was a Chelsea manager who said ‘I’ll settle for sixth place this season or fourth place, or even second place’,.

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