Chelsea completed their sixth signing of the summer transfer window on Friday evening, finally securing the services of Bayer Leverkusen attacking-midfielder Kai Havertz for a club-record fee.
The Germany international has joined the Blues for a fee of £72million, which could potentially rise to as high as £90million in add-ons.
The 21-year-old follows Hakim Ziyech, international teammate Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva in sealing moves to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Havertz’s arrival at Stamford Bridge will significantly bolster head coach Frank Lampard’s attacking options, with the Germany ace capable of playing as an advanced-midfielder or a striker, should he be required.
Now that Chelsea have finally secured Havertz’s signature, Lampard’s attention will switch to bolstering other areas of his squad, as he almost nears the competition of his summer transformation.
It has been well documented over the last few months that Chelsea are desperate to upgrade their goalkeeping options, with Lampard having doubts about the qualities of Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Spaniard is under threat of losing his No.1 spot in West London and could potentially be moved on this summer if Chelsea require funds to source a replacement.
Over the last few months, Chelsea have been heavily linked with an array of goalkeepers, both domestically and abroad, with football.london understanding that Lampard is very keen to strengthen the position. The likes of Manchester United shot-stopper Dean Henderson, Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid, Andre Onana of Ajax, Lille’s Mike Maignan and Edouard Mendy of Rennes have all been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge.
But it now appears as though Mendy could be a front-runner to become Chelsea’s new goalkeeper, with the Blues having opened talks with Rennes about the possibility of signing the Senegal international.
Should Chelsea be able to get a deal over the line for Mendy, or indeed an alternative goalkeeper, that would be another piece added to Lampard’s jigsaw, meaning it would almost be complete.
Chelsea, who face Brighton & Hove Albion on the opening day of the new Premier League season in a little over a week’s time, are also mulling over the prospect of bolstering their midfield options.
Over the last few weeks, interest has mounted in midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante from Italian giants Inter Milan. However, football.london understands that Chelsea do not want to sell the Frenchman before next month’s deadline and he doesn’t want to leave.
Fellow central-midfielder Jorginho has also been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, as has Ross Barkley. Chelsea are open to the prospect of letting those two go, but could replace them with a move for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.
Rice has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the last few months and with the way that Chelsea have been splashing the cash this summer it should not be ruled out.
Of course, Lampard may still be open to strengthening other areas of the team should anybody within his squad pick up an injury before next month’s deadline, but adding a goalkeeper and potentially a new central-midfielder are at the very top of his wish list.