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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made a number of quality signings during the summer transfer window, as the Blues signed Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, Kai Harvetz and Edouard Mendy.
Lampard is still keen on signing a defensive midfielder to shore up his defence and Chelsea have been strongly linked with West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
However, with the transfer window set to close on October 5, Chelsea have now been linked with a late move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has told Chelsea to make the deal happen and believes that he’d do a better job than Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
He told BT Sport: “I think a huge thing for them is to stop conceding goals. I think Frank would have looked at it last season and three of the back four that will be playing today are new players.
“He’ll have seen that, a lot of goals conceded and I think the most conceded in 22 years at the club. More importantly we reports today of Partey coming in in that central area.
“I don’t think he’s happy with the likes of Kovacic or Jorginho. You can see that because he’s chopping and changing in those positions.
“Getting someone like that in to protect the back four or five along with Kante goes a long way to nulifying the goals against.”
Arsenal have been linked with Thomas Partey, but the deal seems to have broken down, and even former Chelsea star Joe Cole has backed Chelsea to sign Partey.
Former Chelsea star Joe Cole added: “As soon as possible I think Frank wants to nail down the goalkeeping position and back four and then he can just tinker with that midfield and Partey would be a fantastic signing.”