Chelsea are reported to have identified the acquisition of a midfielder in the mould of Frank Lampard as a priority for the summer transfer window. It is unclear if Lampard will remain with Chelsea beyond this season, but the club appear to be making moves to recruit a successor.
According to the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho wants to sign a long-term replacement for Lampard, with the Chelsea boss believing he needs a versatile goalscoring midfielder to fill the void whenever the veteran should depart.
Lampard is very much in the twilight of his career aged 35 and is out of contract in the summer. The England international was afforded year’s extension this time last year, but it remains to be seen if Chelsea choose to do the same 12 months on.
In terms of a replacement, Chelsea have been linked with an approach for Paulinho of London rivals Tottenham. Reports in Brazil have suggested that Chelsea have already moved to agreed a deal that will see the player move to Stamford Bridge after the World Cup.
Chelsea have also been linked with Hakan Calhanoglu who plies his trade with Bundesliga outfit Hamburg and has been compared to Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.