Date published: Wednesday 26th August 2020 1:15
Chelsea are reportedly set to announce a deal for Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell today with another player set for a medical tomorrow.
The Blues have given full backing to manager Frank Lampard as they aim to close the gap to Liverpool and Man City.
Exciting forwards Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have already been acquired. While rumblings of a swoop for German ace Kai Havertz continue to persist.
It is in defence where today’s reports concern, however, with Sky Sports reporting Chelsea are ‘on the verge’ of completing their deal for Chilwell.
The Leicester star has been identified as the man to shore up their left flank, with negotiations underway over recent weeks.
A deal between the clubs was ‘almost done’ on Tuesday night, but ‘could be announced as soon as today’ once the final touches are wrapped up.
Chilwell’s contract with The Foxes runs until 2024, but their lack of Champions League football after sliding down to fifth place is cited by Daily Express as a key reason why a deal was made possible.
A consequence of the impending transfer has seen current full-back Emerson Palmieri be put up for sale.
The 26-year-old has made 55 appearances for Chelsea in two-and-a-half years with the club, though has never established himself as a regular in the starting line-up.
Former Blues boss Antonio Conte is described as ‘interested’ in bringing him to Inter Milan.
Furthermore, Chelsea’s back-line appears set to be bolstered even further with PSG veteran Thiago Silva set to undergo a medical.
The Brazilian, 35, has been one of the most capable and consistent central defenders in world football over the last decade.
Silva is reportedly ‘due in West London’ for a medical tomorrow ahead of his impending free agent move.