Chelsea are understood to be on the brink of completing their second deal of the summer before the transfer window has even opened.
With the signature of Hakim Ziyech already secured, the Blues have reportedly agreed terms on a five-year contract for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and plan to trigger his £53.8m release clause.
Recent reports suggest that Frank Lampard is not willing to stop there, though, with three other players on his shortlist as Chelsea look to make up for failing to sign a single player in the previous two transfer windows.
Here, sportingcycle looks at who those three players are and how much they could cost
Ben Chilwell (Leicester City)
Benjamin James Chilwell (born 21 December 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club Leicester City and the England national team.
Chilwell is a product of the Leicester City academy and won their Academy Player of the Year award at the end of the 2014–15 season.
After featuring for the club in pre-season under new manager Claudio Ranieri, Chilwell was given the number 30 shirt ahead of the 2015–16 season. He made his professional debut on 27 October 2015 in the club’s League Cup match against Hull City. Chilwell played the entire match as Leicester lost 5–4 on penalties following a 1–1 draw after extra time.
On 19 November 2015, Chilwell joined Championship side Huddersfield Town on a youth loan until 3 January 2016. He made his debut in the 2–0 home loss to Middlesbrough nine days later.
On 28 July 2016, Chilwell signed a new contract with the club until 2021. On 26 December 2016, in the 2016–17 season, he made his Premier League debut in a 0–2 home defeat to Everton. Chilwell received praise for his performance. He made 19 total appearances across the campaign, including two in the UEFA Champions League, and scored his first career goal on 18 May 2017 in a 6–1 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Once the Werner deal is done and dusted, Chelsea’s main focus is expected to switch to bringing in Ben Chilwell from Leicester.
The futures of incumbent left-backs Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri remain uncertain, and Chilwell has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, even during such a successful season for the Foxes.
The 23-year-old came through the ranks at the King Power Stadium and has gone on to establish himself as one of the country’s top full-backs, earning 11 caps for England.
Leicester are under no pressure to sell, though, and have a reputation of sticking to their asking price, which for Chilwell is thought to be around £60m. However, transfer market has value him to currently valuing :€40.00m while his Highest market value:€50.00m
Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)
Nathan Benjamin Aké (born 18 February 1995) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth and the Netherlands national team. Although he predominantly plays as a central defender, he has also been deployed as a left back
Aké agreed to join the Chelsea youth system from Feyenoord in 2010 at age 15. He had played at Feyenoord since age 12 after joining the club from ADO Den Haag.
Aké made his Premier League debut on 26 December 2012 against Norwich City as a 17-year-old, replacing Juan Mata in added time at the end of a 1–0 win at Carrow Road. He made his first start for the club in the FA Cup on 27 February 2013 in a 2–0 win against Championship side Middlesbrough. He was chosen to start in a defensive midfield position for Chelsea in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final clash with Rubin Kazan in Russia on 11 April, a match that finished in a 3–2 loss but resulted in a 5–4 aggregate victory.
Aké was an unused substitute for Chelsea in the Europa League final against Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena on 16 May, which Chelsea won 2–1. He was voted Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year on 16 May, and made his first Premier League start three days later in the 2–1 win against Everton at Stamford Bridge on the last matchday of the season.
On 8 August 2013, Aké signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, lasting until 2018. Following his permanent promotion to the first team, on 21 October 2014, Aké made his UEFA Champions League debut from the substitutes’ bench, coming into the match for Cesc Fàbregas in the 60th minute during a 6–0 home win over Maribor, and provided an assist for Eden Hazard’s second goal
On 30 June 2017, Aké signed a contract with Premier League club AFC Bournemouth on a permanent basis for a club record of £20 million transfer fee, with the player officially re-joining the club the following day, when the 2017 transfer window opened.
On 21 July, it was reported his former club Chelsea had inserted a buy-back clause for Aké in his transfer contract.
Nathan Ake has regularly been linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge since leaving the club for Bournemouth on a permanent basis in 2017.
Now 25, the centre-back often flirted with the first team during his first spell at Chelsea, but spent most of his time out on loan and only made 17 senior appearances for the Blues.
Bournemouth have previously demanded up to £85m for Ake, although Chelsea are thought to have an option in his contract to sign him for £40m this summer.
The Dutch defender has made 115 appearances for Bournemouth in total and could push for an exit if the Cherries are relegated from the Premier League this season.
Current market value:€28.00m while Highest market value:€35.00m
Said Benrahma (Brentford)
Mohamed Saïd Benrahma (born 10 August 1995) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays for English club Brentford as a right winger. He has been capped by Algeria at international level.
A right winger, Benrahma began his youth career with Algerian club NRB Bethioua, before moving to France and joining Balma SC, Colomiers and then Ligue 1 club Nice in 2013.
He made his professional debut during the 2013–14 season, but played most of his football for the club with the reserve team, for whom he made 37 appearances and scored 11 goals between 2013 and 2016.
Benrahma scored one goal in his three first team appearances during the 2014–15 season and a further two in 2015–16, but spent a large portion of his latter career with the club away on loan, with Ligue 1 club Angers and Ligue 2 clubs Gazélec Ajaccio and Châteauroux. Benrahma departed the club in July 2018, having made 18 appearances and scored three goals during his time at the Stade de Nice
Said Benrahma has enhanced his burgeoning reputation even more in the Championship this season, scoring 10 goals and creating eight more in 34 outings.
The Brentford forward’s form has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Arsenal among the clubs thought to be interested in his signature.
The 24-year-old is reportedly valued at around £34m by the Bees, just two years after joining for around £1.5m.
Benrahma would represent a bigger risk than the other two targets, however, having not yet gained any Premier League experience.
Current market value: €10.50m while Highest market value: