Chelsea FC recently won their transfer ban appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and that has meant that their punishment has been reduced to six months. Having already served the embargo over the summer, they will be free to make fresh signings when the transfer window reopens next month.
Here are three Premier League stars they could pursue:
Ben Chilwell – Leicester City: The England international has transformed himself into one of England’s top left-backs over the past year and he has been contributed towards Leicester City’s strong defence which has conceded just nine goals from 15 Premier League games.
Blues boss Frank Lampard has genuinely had a concern in the left-back spot where both Marcos Alonso and Emerson have been found wanting defensively and of late, Cesar Azpilicueta has been shifted to the position. They could certainly do with Chilwell, who is effective on both ends of the pitch.
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace: Zaha was touted to join Arsenal at the beginning of last summer’s transfer window but the Gunners were priced out of a move. Towards the deadline, Everton came up with a tempting £70m bid which was just £10m apart of the asking price but Palace decided against the deal as they had no time to land a replacement.
Zaha started the season in a relatively slow manner as he struggled in the final third. However, he has picked up his form in the past few weeks and since the last international break, he has looked his old self with Premier League goals against Liverpool and Burnley. Should Lampard seek an experienced winger, Zaha certainly fits the bill as a ready-made signing.
Nathan Ake – Bournemouth: Compared to Chilwell and Zaha, Ake probably remains the most viable target for the Blues, given they have the option to buy him back from the Cherries. Ake never really got the chance to impress in the ranks of Chelsea and he made the permanent move to Bournemouth in the summer of 2017 for £20m.
Ake is capable of playing at either left-back or central defence but the Dutchman has dominantly featured in the latter of those positions at the Vitality where he has been consistent with his displays. The Blues have a £40m buy-back clause which can be triggered in the next transfer window.