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According the The Daily Mail, Chelsea are leading the chase for Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell.
What’s the story?
Unless you have had your head under a rock for the past few months, you will know full well that the Blues are currently in the midst of a two-window transfer ban.
However, they will be able to sign players from next summer, and they appear to be planning ahead already.
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The Daily Mail report that the Stamford Bridge outfit are in pursuit of the 22-year-old, and are currently in pole position to land him.
Could finally spell the end for Alonso
So far this season, Emerson Palmieri has appeared to be the number one choice for Frank Lampard at left-back. He started five of the first six Premier League games, only missing out since then due to injury. As such, it has been Marcos Alonso who has come in to replace the Italy international.
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The 28-year-old is not exactly the most popular player in south-west London, and there was even talk of him departing the club in the summer, with Atletico Madrid linked. If Chilwell were to join the Blues, it would surely spell the end of the former Bolton and Sunderland man’s career in SW6.
Frankly, the England international is better suited to Lampard’s attacking philosophy considering his pace. Last season, he managed four goals to Alonso’s two in the Premier League as they both grabbed four assists as well. Also, at just 22 years of age, he has his whole career ahead of him, and would be a better fit for Frank Lampard’s emphasis on youth.
He still has four years left on his contract but, with each passing season, that price tag will get lower and lower.
Will Chelsea finish in the top-four?
With Emerson and Chilwell, Lampard would be set, and there would no longer be any need for Alonso. He has done well for the Blues, but his time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end, and the England international’s arrival would be the final nail in his coffin.