Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could be assisted in bringing Ben Chilwell to Stamford Bridge by former Blues boss Antonio Conte. The Italian is now in charge at Inter Milan, and could hand his former side a boost to their budget by signing Marcos Alonso.
Express Sport understand that Chelsea want to make Ben Chilwell their first signing in almost a year after their transfer ban was reduced, which gives them the freedom to spend in January.
Lampard is likely to take the opportunity to spend which will give his side a better chance to chase down Manchester City and Leicester, and a sale could add to his budget.
Gazzetta have now reported that Conte is keen on bringing Alonso back to Italy to add some more experience to his playing squad in their title battle with Juventus, as Kwadwo Asamoah struggles with injury.
Spain international Alonso has fallen out of favour under Lampard with Emerson impressing in the position, with the 28-year-old only featuring eight times in the league this season.
Ben Chilwell has been linked with a move to Chelsea from Leicester
The left-back was a fan of Conte during his time in London despite his difficult second season, and could favour a return in search of regular playing time.
"In England, after winning the Premier League, it is normal to have a difficult year,” Alonso told Marca in 2018.
“Especially with the level that Manchester City are maintaining throughout the season.
"He has done a great job and we only think about finishing well."
Lampard is happy with the recent news regarding the transfer ban that hindered his actions in the summer, but it aware that deals will not all be of his own making.
He said: "Personally what affected me in the summer with the transfer ban, when you come into the club or when you want to go a certain way, sometimes the players you bring in and the attributes they have are key to that.
"I couldn't make those changes to bring in the players that I felt would help the way I wanted us to play.
"Going forward that is something that I will put to the club.
“It is a much bigger process than just me making a decision on who I want to buy. It's not that simple.
"It's not just myself who gets it right or wrong, but as a club we will have a full discussion and I have a very open conversation with [director] Marina [Granovskaia] and the owner [Roman Abramovic].
"Any recommendations that I make to improve the squad as I see will improve us in the shape that we want to go.
“It will be a challenge and hopefully we will get it right."