Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hints at transfer rethink with team decision against Liverpool

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard only made one change to his starting line-up against Liverpool but it was a switch on the bench which may suggest at a transfer decision being made by the Blues boss. Thiago Silva was still unavailable having only just joined in team training this past week.

It meant Lampard opted to stick with Andreas Christensen alongside Kurt Zouma at the back.

Silva’s arrival though means Lampard has five senior centre-backs with one likely to leave.

Fikayo Tomori has been the heaviest linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, if only on loan.

There has been some suggestion that a deal to sign Edouard Mendy from Rennes is being held up by their desire to bring Tomori on loan.

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And the 22-year-old was left out of the first matchday squad against Brighton on Monday, further suggesting he may leave before the end of the transfer window.

But Tomori was brought back into the squad to face Liverpool on Sunday as their third-choice centre-back.

He took Antonio Rudiger’s place on the bench with reports claiming he will seek clarification over his future in the next 24 hours.

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in signing the German defender, who was seen as crucial in helping Chelsea sign both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

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If Chelsea are looking to recoup some of the money they’ve spent this summer then Rudiger would certainly fetch a good price.

The 27-year-old has been at Chelsea for three years now, winning the Europa League and FA Cup during his time with the club.

He’s been a regular choice at centre-back since joining in 2017 but injuries have seen his minutes diminish.

Tomori meanwhile enjoyed a breakout season last year, however he didn’t play at all after the restart.

The young centre-back may well fancy his chances of breaking into the starting line-up this season, particularly with the ability to learn from Silva.

There will also be plenty of chances for him to play should he stay with Chelsea fighting on all four fronts.

All eyes will likely be on Lampard’s team selection for the EFL Cup tie against Barnsley on Wednesday.

The Chelsea boss could hand Silva his debut as well, or wait until the Premier League game against West Brom on Saturday.

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