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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and Marina Granovskaia decide January transfer window plan

Chelsea: Lampard assesses season ahead of Everton clash

Chelsea were the biggest-spending Premier League club in the summer transfer window as they forked out £250million on new recruits. But they are unlikely to repeat that attitude to transfers in January.

Chelsea are flying high in the Premier League table after an impressive summer window.

Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell all arrived for fees north of £50m, with Havertz setting a new club record at £72m (rising to £90m).

They were joined by Hakim Ziyech, Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr – the latter two coming in for nothing after leaving Paris Saint-Germain and OGC Nice respectively.

They’ve had mixed successes, with Ziyech, Mendy and Silva in particular showing promise with the Blues sat two points off top spot in third place.

Despite their free-spending attitude in the summer, they missed out on the man believed to be one of their top targets – West Ham’s Declan Rice.

The Hammers valued Rice at £73m in the summer and were reluctant to lower their asking price.

Frank Lampard was sadi to be eager to sign the midfielder due to his versatility and ability to play either in the middle of midfield or the middle of defence.

But ultimately they were unable to get a deal over the line, with Rice instead staying in East London.

It had been speculated that they would make another move to sign the England international during the January transfer window.

But according to Goal, the Blues will spend January focusing on trimming their squad and getting rid of players not in Lampard’s plans.

The likes of Emerson Palmieri, Marcos Alonso and even Kepa Arrizabalaga could be offloaded.

Chelsea’s purchase of Chilwell pushed Emerson and Alonso down the pecking order, with neither likely to play any meaningful minutes for the foreseeable future.

Arrizabalaga has also found himself resigned to a bench role after the arrival of Mendy, and it seems he has lost the faith of Lampard.

But the fact he cost the club an eye-watering £72m back in 2018 means he will be difficult to sell, with club officials unwilling to make a significant loss.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was wanted by Bayern Munich during the summer, is one player they won’t let go of, however.

The Blues will apparently point-blank refuse or ignore any offers made for him during January as Lampard still sees him as a big part of his plans going forward.

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