Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard needs to bolster his defence this summer and he has reportedly decided which star will be moved on to make room for his top transfer targets.
Last night’s 3-2 loss to West Ham only further highlighted the Blues’ fragility at the back.
Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are set to provide Chelsea with extra firepower next year but the leaky defence also needs sorting out.
Blues fans grew frustrated with Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudgier and Andreas Christensen at the Olympic Stadium.
But the Athletic claim none of those three stars are yet bound to leave Stamford Bridge.
It is suggested centre-back Kurt Zouma could be one of the first out of the exit door.
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The Frenchman was a permanent figure in Chelsea’s defence during the first half of the season.
However, the 25-year-old has since fallen down the pecking order and Lampard may cash in on the defender, who has only made two Premier League stars in 2020.
The Athletic report that Lampard wants to sign West Ham star Declan Rice and will play him at centre-half.
To accommodate the deal one of the current crop must be moved on and Zouma is expected to be the unfortunate casualty.
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Tottenham and Everton have been linked with the former St-Etienne youth team player.
Chelsea’s defeat has given Lampard lots of food for thought as his Champions League aspirations come under huge pressure.
However, the former midfielder is not worried as his side still sit fourth in the table.
“We are two points ahead of Manchester United, who have been playing fantastic and are on a great run,” he said.
“Wolves are having a great season and they’re behind us, Leicester have had a great season and we’re just behind them.
“It’s about perspective. We are upset because we wanted to win the game, we’re footballers and we’re in a good position.
“So there’s no point in being down bu
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