CHELSEA are set for a completely different look next season after a major spending spree.
Boss Frank Lampard already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner before last season had finished.
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And now he looks close to completing deals for Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell.
But in the biggest twist of them all, Lampard’s ex-England team-mate Rio Ferdinand claimed the Blues are in to sign superstar Lionel Messi.
Messi rocked the Barcelona hierarchy after handing in a transfer request.
Despite Manchester City, United, PSG and Inter Milan all leading the race over Chelsea, the London giants do have the financial capability to entertain the move.
Should Lampard somehow manage to complete the sensational signing of Messi, he would likely occupy the Blues right wing.
With Werner expected to play through the middle, Messi could be shifted out wide, like was the case when Luiz Suarez arrived at the Nou Camp.
Christian Pulisic could help complete a fearsome trio leading the line at Stamford Bridge.
Playmakers Ziyech and Havertz, who can play in the middle and on the right, would then be moved back into midfield.
N’Golo Kante would be expected to play a holding role, in what would be a an ultra-attacking line up for Chelsea.
Should Lampard prefer more defensive options in midfield, Kante could have a partner, with Havertz or Ziyech pushed out wide, likely meaning Pulisic would make way.
At the back experienced centre-back Silva, close to joining on a free, would add much needed composure in defence.
Chelsea’s problem at left-back is also due to be fixed as Lampard nears acquiring his No1 target in Chilwell.
But a major problem yet to be figured out at Stamford Bridge is who will be between the post next season.
Kepa Arrizabalaga’s Chelsea future appears over, with a replacement top of Lampard’s wish list.
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A mega-money move for Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak looks unlikely, with cheaper alternatives instead favoured.
Burnley’s Nick Pope and Andre Onana of Ajax have emerged as possibilities.
Lampard is said to admire Onana and already held talks with the stopper this year.