Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech helping Frank Lampard secure next signing after Kai Havertz

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is hoping to soon complete a deal for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz and he will then reportedly call upon Hakim Ziyech to advise on his next target.

Ziyech was the Blues’ first signing of the summer when he completed a move from Ajax.

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner quickly followed him through the door at Stamford Bridge.

Germany international Havertz is expected to be Chelsea’s third addition – and Ziyech can help them with number four.

Lampard will soon turn his attention to fixing his leaky defence, which conceded more goals than any other team in the Premier League’s top 10 last term.

And he is in the market for a new goalkeeper because Kepa Arrizabalaga has struggled to reach top form since his £71.6m move two years ago.

It will be difficult to find a suitor to take the 25-year-old Spaniard off their hands on a permanent basis.

But if Arrizabalaga’s wages can be freed from the budget – even if it is a loan deal – Chelsea will be able to bring in a new No 1.

Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak have been identified as possible targets but they are too expensive.

The Athletic claim a more feasible option is Ajax shot stopper Andre Onana, who is available for £30m.

The relationship between Chelsea and Ajax is said to be strong after they negotiated a deal for Ziyech.

The attacker would also be able to provide the west Londoners with an extensive scouting report having been Onana’s team-mate for four years.

Dean Henderson, of Manchester United, has also been linked with Lampard’s side because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to keep faith with David De Gea next term, despite a series of high-profile errors.

That means Onana is the most realistic target and he could be the man who started the 2020/21 campaign between the sticks next year.

Lampard dropped for the final Premier League match of the season and he is expected to keep faith with Willy Caballero for the FA Cup final tomorrow.

“I have long, hard thinks about everything, not just individual positions but how we are as a team,” Lampard said.

“I don’t want to pinpoint it on Kepa. [The] Kepa decision was a choice, probably in recent form and recent situation [it’s] a tough time for him.

“I felt like Willy coming in with confidence, off the back of a strong performance against Man United.”

 

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