Five Players Chelsea Could Realistically Sign This Transfer Window

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Thomas Strakosha

One interesting event on the final day of the Premier League season was that Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped to the bench to make way for Willy Caballero.

The Spanish goalkeeper has managed to achieve 21 clean sheets in his 69 Premier League appearances, the vast majority of those clean sheets coming in his first of two seasons since his move from Athletic Bilbao.

Following his difficult season, Lampard may believe that it is time for a change between the sticks. Albania international Thomas Strakosha would be an excellent addition at Stamford Bridge should Kepa make a move away. The Lazio goalkeeper is only 25 years of age and has been a regular for Serie A side for the last three seasons, winning a Coppa Italia and two Italian Super Cups during that time.

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COUTINHO TO CHELSEA @ 9/2

Matthias Ginter

Chelsea need a defence, that much is clear. Despite a top four finish, the Blues have had the weakest defence in the top half, so much so that even Crystal Palace down in 14th conceded four fewer goals than them.

Bournemouth's Nathan Ake has been rumoured to a potential return to Stamford Bridge but a considerably more experienced man also on Chelsea's radar is Borussia Monchengladbach's, Matthias Ginter. Standing at 6ft 3, Ginter would be a huge help to the defence that has consistently conceded from set piece situations of late and ultimately, vastly improve their defence.

Lampard has a big decision to make on this defensive matter and Ginter has just one year remaining on his contract at Borussia Park. The Blues boss has to decide whether to splash the cash now or wait to potentially secure him for next season for free in January - but can he wait?

Ben Chilwell

Ben Chilwell is reportedly unhappy at Leicester and has requested to leave the King Power Stadium with a potential move to Chelsea in mind.

This potential signing could give Marcos Alonso some healthy competition for the left back position because the current back-up full back, Emerson, has often looked out of place in a Chelsea shirt since his move from Roma in January 2018.

One big positive, especially for a big club in the division like Chelsea, is that Chilwell will be a contribution to the club's requisite amount of homegrown players in their Premier League squad. However, it might take an exceptionally high transfer fee that will convince Leicester to sell up, with Chilwell an England international now and no doubt highly sought after at just 23 years old.

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COMAN TO CHELSEA @ 20/1

Declan Rice

Declan Rice has been a prominent part of West Ham United's midfield since his breakthrough to the first team which has seen him switch national sides from Ireland to England.

The central midfield situation has been a troublesome one for Chelsea this season. N'Golo Kante has had more than his fair share of injuries in this campaign and fans have found the signing of Jorginho from two years ago a rather frustrating one.

If Rice makes the move across London to join his close friend Mason Mount at Chelsea, he would become the first West Ham player since Joe Cole in 2003 to make the move from West Ham to Chelsea. Club legend, and now manager, Lampard also made the same move as player so it is possible that Lampard sees a bit of his younger self in the future of Declan Rice.

Similar to Chilwell, being a homegrown player, there would be less of a need for the likes of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who will both be probably better suited to moves away from Stamford Bridge having filled Chelsea's homegrown player quota since their respective arrivals.

Kai Havertz

One of the Bundesliga's youngsters that is destined for stardom. The attacking midfielder, born in Aachen, could follow in the footsteps of Timo Werner from the German top flight to Stamford Bridge

Havertz is a player that has shown in the past couple of years that he adds considerably more firepower to the attack having accumulated no less than 37 goals in all competitions in the last two seasons. It was a bitter blow for Peter Bosz's Leverkusen side to miss out on Champions League qualification on the final day of the Bundesliga season, amplifying the rumours that Havertz will inevitably be out of the door in the summer to a club that will be playing in UEFA's elite competition next season and the lure of Champions League could bring him to Chelsea.

If the move to Stamford Bridge is made, the German international will probably act as replacement for Mason Mount despite the English youngster performing above expectations this season.

Havertz will definitely bring improvement to Chelsea but whether he can improve them so much that they could once again challenge for the Premier League title is a different matter.

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