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Since 2014, Chelsea have found it difficult to replace legendary left-back Ashley Cole. The Blues haven’t been able to get a top quality left-back, and Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta has had to settle in that role right from Jose Mourinho’s second spell.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is believed to be keen on signing Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell, but the Foxes are reluctant to sell and are holding out for a massive transfer fee.
However, former Chelsea right-back Glen Johnson believes Chilwell is the kind of player Chelsea needs, and has urged the Blues to sign him despite his massive transfer fee.
“I’ve said many times I am a fan of Chilwell, I like the way he carries himself,” Johnson told talkSPORT.
“You don’t really hear him unless it’s football related which I like, and I think he’s the sort of player Lamps would connect with.
“He’s the sort of out-and-out left-back they haven’t had for a while. I know Ashley Cole was irreplaceable, but in terms of a natural, solid left-back, they haven’t had one for a while and I think he’ll do very well.
“Alonso is a fantastic player, but I don’t think he’s a solid natural left-back.
“There’s no doubt he is a wonderful footballer but Chilwell is a natural full-back. It’s a hefty price tag if there is anything truth in that but if they can pull a deal off that they believe is reasonable then I think it’s a player they should try to get, yes.”