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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich makes Frank Lampard demand after Kai Havertz nears move

Roman Abramovich has reportedly told Frank Lampard that he is expecting Chelsea to seriously challenge for the title next season because he is being heavily backed in the summer transfer market.

Over £80million has already been spent on capturing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig, respectively.

Chelsea are also in talks with Bayer Leverkusen as they edge closer to completing a deal for Kai Havertz.

The 21-year-old has told club bosses he wants to leave the Bundesliga to link up with Lampard’s squad.

The two sides are currently negotiating a fee and are just £20m away from reaching an agreement.

Once Havertz completes his move to Stamford Bridge, the Blues will attempt to shore up their defence.

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A new goalkeeper, centre-half and left-back are all on Lampard’s summer shopping list.

However, because Abramovich is willing to open the cheque book in a bid to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City, he is also expecting a drastic improvement in results.

Football Insider claims the Russian billionaire has warned Lampard that the club must be challenging for the Premier League title next season.

The west Londoners scraped into the final Champions League place this year, finishing 33 points behind champions Liverpool.

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Chelsea’s points total of 66 was closer to relegated Bournemouth and Watford than it was to the top of the table.

Bringing in such a large amount of new faces could be unsettling to the harmony of any team.

But Lampard is confident his players will react in a professional manner by the new challenges presented to them.

“If you want to be a Chelsea player and be in the Chelsea team and squad and fight for the Premier League, to fight in Europe and to fight for trophies you have to focus on yourself,” he said.

“At the moment, going into this season we are 30-odd points off the top two last season.

“If you want that gap to close, you have to focus on yourself.

“If players come in, that should be the nature of the beast playing for Chelsea. It shouldn’t be a problem for anyone.”

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