Chelsea have made Leicester and England defender Ben Chilwell their number one January target if their transfer ban is overturned, reports claim.
The Foxes left-back has emerged as one of the finest in his position and has helped Brendan Rodgers’ side climb up to second in the Premier League table, eight points behind leaders Liverpool.
The Blues are currently halfway through a two-window transfer ban, but are hopeful their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport will be successful and the suspension will be reduced to one window – which has already been served.
The appeal was heard at CAS last month and Frank Lampard, the Chelsea manager, expects a verdict over the next couple of weeks – with the transfer window reopening in under a month.
Chilwell is tied to Leicester until 2024 having signed a contract extension in last October, and he’s thought to be valued in excess of £60million by the Foxes. This asking price is unlikely to deter Chelsea, however.
According to The Athletic, Frank Lampard wants the 22-year-old to solve his dilemma on the left side of defence with neither Emerson Palmieri nor Marcos Alonso seen as the long-term solution to the problem position.
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Chilwell, who has established himself as a regular England international over the past year, has also been linked with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.
Leicester reluctantly sold centre-back Harry Maguire to United for £80million in the summer and will not bow to pressure from Chelsea to sell another key defender.