Chelsea face a fight to secure the signing of Ben Chilwell, even if their transfer ban is lifted ahead of the January window, reports claim.
The Blues are awaiting the verdict of their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and are due to receive the final decision next month.
That hasn’t stopped Chelsea from mapping out their transfer plans though, just in case they receive good news and are able to strengthen as they look to consolidate a top four finish.
Frank Lampard has identified Ben Chilwell as a top target, with the view that he’ll replace Marcos Alonso.
Yet a deal now seems hard to pull off for a number of reasons, according to the Evening Standard.
First of all, Chelsea are not the only club interested in the left-back, who is also attracting interest from Manchester United and Manchester City.
And Leicester are not interested in letting him go with Brendan Rodgers insistent that the Foxes can break the top six under his tutelage and that therefore they want to keep their best players.
They stand in a good stead of keeping Chilwell too, given that his current contract runs until 2024.
Not only that, but they are believed to be preparing to table an offer for an extension which will see him earn more than £100,000 a week should he agree to sign on the dotted line.
Furthermore, unfortunately for Chelsea, Chilwell is unlikely to push for a move given Leicester’s impressive start to the season which sees them sit in second place behind Liverpool.
Chelsea fans were purring during the international break after watching Chilwell register three assists inside the opening 25 minutes of England’s 7-0 win over Montenegro.
Lampard also teased Blues fans after the game by liking Chilwell’s Instagram post of him posing with the man of the match award.
The full-back’s club boss Rodgers believes interest is only natural when a player continues to perform at such a high level.
“It is the modern game, there is lots of speculation, but all you can do with young players is to keep them focused,” said Rodgers when quizzed on speculation linking Chilwell with a move away.
“Someone like Ben, he is one that is improving every day and getting better. That’s all you can do as a player is look to improve, develop, make sure your performance level is consistent and you are focused.
“All the speculation you can’t control that. The job is to keep players focused and when they go away – some with the international teams – do the best they can, enjoy a break, but come back ready and that is what we will prepare for.”