Chelsea behind the scenes: Summer transfer plans, Telles, Pulisic injury update, FA Cup target

Latest Chelsea news includes a look at some of the main talking points to come from our live Q&A with supporters on Thursday afternoon.

Chelsea are riding a wave of momentum as the end of the season draws closer and closer.

As things stand, maximum points from their remaining nine games in the Premier League will seal a return to the Champions League for next term and thus avoiding Thursday night’s in the Europa League.

Whilst overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich seems like mission impossible, Frank Lampard could yet guide Chelsea to some silverware with the FA Cup.

It promises to be an exciting end to the club legend’s first season in charge of the Blues.

With no games for the Gunners this midweek, our Chelsea writer Oliver Harbord gave his thoughts on some of the big talking points at Stamford Bridge right now during a Q&A with fans on Thursday where he was asked questions on topics ranging from summer transfer targets to injury news.

Here is what he had to say on what is going on behind the scenes in west London.

Is Alex Telles Lampard’s first choice for that LB spot?

Oliver Harbord says: “On the radar. Alex Telles is another player who will be looked at over the summer as a potential left-back option.

“Emerson has been rarely used, while Marcos Alonso has certainly got himself back into the first team thinking.

“Meanwhile, youngster Ian Maatsen has just signed a new four-year deal, but the likelihood is that he is going to be loaned out to get more experience and is a more long-term prospect.

But for the Blues in the short term, Cesar Azpilicueta is not the main solution for the left-back position.

“However, Ben Chilwell is also on the radar for the summer, along with Telles.

Will Pulisic make another appearance this season?

Oliver Harbord says: “Making a recovery. It’s been a frustrating time for Christian Pulisic, with the American having not featured for the Blues since New Year’s Day.

“It’s been a bad time for him with the adductor injury, and he was supposed to have already returned. However, he suffered a set-back and so hasn’t played for the first team.

“He is making some recovery, though, playing in the same behind closed doors match that Ruben Loftus-Cheek did last Friday.

“It’s not going to be the last time we see him this season, but again the recovery has to be careful and not rushed.”

Any update on our injury situation?

Oliver Harbord says: “ Bits of positivity

“There have been some bits of positivity, with Mateo Kovacic having returned to training. Ruben Loftus-Cheek played another 45 minutes last week in a behind closed doors match, and is continuing his recovery from injury as he tries to return to first team action.

“However, Tammy Abraham is not set for a return to action this week, and there will still be some headaches for Frank Lampard.”

What is Chelsea FC football’s philosophy?

Oliver Harbord says: “To win. Since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003, the philosophy of the club has been to win trophies and titles. They have been one of the most successful in England in doing this.

“Even though the Blues have changed managers on several occasions, it hasn’t stopped them from adding silverware to the cabinet.

“Chelsea are going through a transition period right now, but the aim is always to get back to winning titles.

“That’s why, along with the top four, winning the FA Cup is an important target this season.

Do you think Chelsea will sign Sancho?

Oliver Harbord says: “A hotly contested race. There is no doubt that this summer Jadon Sancho is going to be one of the hottest properties in the transfer market.

“The England international has been superb for Borussia Dortmund this season. He has already racked up 14 Bundesliga goals and another 15 assists, with two goals and two assists in the Champions League.

“Sancho is also still only 19 years of age and so his best football is still ahead of him. In every way he could be just the winger that Frank Lampard is looking for.

“However, Manchester United are going to be big contenders for the youngster and it is going to drive up the cost of him.

“There will be a couple of issues. Chelsea need to qualify for the Champions League, while they need to be willing to go big with the cash as well.

“You can’t guarantee which club Sancho will go to, but Chelsea will give it a go.”

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