Revealed – Chelsea’s five-man transfer wish-list if transfer ban is lifted


STUTTGART, GERMANY - OCTOBER 20: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 20, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.
STUTTGART, GERMANY - OCTOBER 20: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 20, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Blues are hopeful that they can get the ban overturned during the appeal which is scheduled to be heard by the Court of Arbitration on Sport on November 20.

Frank Lampard will be allowed to build on Chelsea’s brilliant start to the new season with a £150m transfer war chest if the club’s transfer ban is lifted, reports The Telegraph.

The Blues were handed a two-window transfer ban earlier this year after they were found to be in breach of regulations relating to the signings and registration of underage players.

Chelsea weren’t happy at the sentence and immediately contested the decision by filing an appeal in the Court of Arbitration on Sport, which set November 20 as the hearing date.

And now it has emerged that provided Chelsea are successful in having the original verdict overturned, they’ll give manager Frank Lampard £150m to spend in the January transfer window.

Jadon Sancho tops Chelsea’s transfer wish-list

Jadon Sancho bejubelt das 1:0 für Borussia Dortmund gegen Mainz 05.
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 13: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park on April 13, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Despite the recent uptick in form of the 21-year-old American forward Christian Pulisic, Chelsea are looking to add more pace to their flanks.

The Telegraph claims that the former Man City academy graduate Sancho, who has impressed during his time in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, tops the list of players that the Blues will try and sign once their transfer ban is lifted.

Provided the Blues aren’t able to convince Dortmund to part their ways with Sancho, they’ll then turn their attention to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, with the former England international looking for a move away from Selhurst Park after the Eagles didn’t let him join Everton in the summer.

Other attacking options on Chelsea’s wish-list include Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, though it is expected that Frank Lampard will only pursue the French winger’s signature if Chelsea fail in their pursuit of both Sancho and Zaha, both of whom are rated more highly by the club’s hierarchy.

Much of the potential £150m war-chest which Frank Lampard will be free to spend is due to the funds the club gained from the summer sales of the likes of David Luiz and Eden Hazard, plus the revenues it collected from qualifying for this season’s Champions League.

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Chilwell and Ake also on Chelsea’s radar

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Nathan Ake of AFC Bournemouth in action during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth at Molineux on December 15, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Apart from reinforcing the club’s attacking lineup, Chelsea will also look to add at least one more defender to their ranks in January.

Frank Lampard is aware of his team’s defensive frailties and will look to strengthen his back four by pursuing the signature of Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell, with the Blues also showing interest in their former loanee Nathan Ake who currently plays for Premier League minnows Bournemouth.

Since they are fighting to be among the top four come the end of May, it is expected that the Foxes will not allow Chilwell to leave the King’s Power Stadium in January, though Chelsea are confident that they can sign Ake for £40m.

Ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Ajax, Lampard confirmed Chelsea’s potential transfer plans by stating: “Chelsea will always look to improve in transfer windows if we can – and if the players we might look at are better or we feel are adding to the squad.

“I’m very interested in the appeal of course because it’s obviously going to affect potentially what we can do in January or not.”

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