All the very latest Chelsea news, views and transfer rumours from cfcloverslondon ahead of the Blues’ FA Cup fourth round clash with Luton Town at Stamford Bridge this weekend
Here is your Chelsea Afternoon digest for Thursday, January 21.
Blues ready to smash transfer record
Chelsea are ready to break their own transfer-record in an attempt to sign striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to reports.
The Norway international, who has been in outstanding form for the Bundesliga club this season, is understood to be one of Lampard’s top targets for the summer, should he still be in the Chelsea dugout by that stage.
Haaland has a release clause in his contract of around £70million, but that will not become active until the summer of 2022, meaning Chelsea will have to pay a lot more than that if they are to land him this year.
But with the striker considered as one of the very hottest talents in the world, Chelsea may be prepared to make their move.
Carragher proven right about Havertz
Less than three weeks ago, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher questioned the Blues’ decision to spend £72million on signing Kai Havertz last summer.
The Germany international, who is 22, joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in the hope of adding a new attacking dimension to Frank Lampard’s squad.
However, Havertz’s time at Stamford Bridge has not gone according to plan so far, scoring just one goal in the Premier League so far this season.
With that in mind, it is fair to say that Carragher was spot on with his assessment when recently questioning whether or not the Blues had made the right decision to spend such a huge amount of money on securing his signature.
“He is obviously a player of great potential, but it never works buying a player because he is so highly-rated, unless you have a predetermined idea where he will fit into the side.”
Lampard can follow Arteta’s lead
Following Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday evening, head coach Frank Lampard is under a great deal of pressure.
The 2-0 reverse in the Midlands was the Blues’ fifth defeat in their last eight matches, meaning Lampard is, potentially, on the cusp of being axed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
However, opposed to thinking about that, Lampard could take a leaf out of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s book. The Gunners chief was in an identical position to the one Lampard is in right now less than a month ago, but he has transformed the north London club’s fortunes with a few tweaks.
Whether or not Lampard could follow suit remains to be seen. However, it is certainly an option the Blues boss may wish to consider.