Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia may have created Frank Lampard transfer headache

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set to have at least five new faces available to him when the new season starts next weekend with a deal for Kai Havertz expected to be announced soon. Transfer negotiator Marina Granovskaia has been working tirelessly behind the scenes this summer to try and bolster Chelsea’s first-team squad ahead of a potential title challenge next season.

Lampard earned praise last year for helping Chelsea finish fourth despite being unable to sign any new players with Eden Hazard also leaving the club.

The transfer ban last summer meant Lampard turned to the club’s promising youth players to step up to the challenge.

The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Billy Gilmour and Reece James all enjoyed breakout campaigns.

But this summer has seen a host of changes at Stamford Bridge with the club now being able to spend the money from Hazard’s sale to Real Madrid.

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Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner were two deals done early on in the summer with Ben Chilwell soon following.

Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr have also joined as free agents, although the latter is expected to leave on a season-long loan away from Chelsea.

And a deal to sign Havertz for a club-record deal worth up to £90million is expected to be announced in the near future.

Signing a new left-back was a top priority for Chelsea with neither Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri doing enough to convince Lampard moving forward.

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And signing replacements for both Pedro and Willian were equally important with Ziyech and Werner coming into those forward positions.

But, while Chilwell starting on a regular basis will be unlikely to disrupt Chelsea’s squad, Lampard has a bigger challenge on his hand to accommodate the other signings while also keeping those same young players who impressed last season happy.

Werner and Havertz will almost certainly be regular starters in the front three positions with Christian Pulisic earning high praise for his performances in the second half of last season.

That could well mean that both Abraham and Mount face difficult tasks to become regular first-team starters again.

Meanwhile, in defence, Tomori is likely to drop down the pecking order with Silva expected to be a regular starter.

Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to hold down his spot at right-back which could spell bad news for James, with Antonio Rudiger likely partnering Silva at the back.

Chelsea will no doubt be hoping to battle on all fronts next season meaning opportunities will be there for Lampard to chop and change his team around.

But how he handles those players not being included in the starting line-up on a regular basis could be key to what level of success the club have this upcoming season.

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