What Chelsea must do in order to sign Ben Chilwell

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen to get a top quality left-back ahead of next season, and Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta has had to settle in that role at some point this season.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is believed to be keen on signing Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell, and although the Foxes are reluctant to sell and are holding up for a massive transfer fee, reports claim Chelsea must at least seal a Champions League slot this season.

The Blues are currently fourth in the league, but face strong competition from the chasing pack, with Manchester United only three points behind.

According to Daily Mail, Chelsea are confident they can convince Chilwell to join should they retain their Champions League spot for next season, having already agreed deals for Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from Red Bull Leipzig. 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.”

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