Chelsea is betting on new signings to be more effective in the front and the necessary solidity in the defense, after the coach Frank Lampard spent the last season with a crop of inexperienced players. The London team is among the Premier League’s most active buyers, in stark contrast to a year ago, when they received a transfer penalty from FIFA, giving youth at the base a chance to shine.
“Chelsea are not buying a team, they are buying and building a dynasty, which I find extraordinarily exciting,” said former club player Pat Nevin to the BBC, who emphasized the young age of many signings.
Some players are mentioned as Chelsea’s interest, including Thiago Silva of PSG, Timo Werner, and Kai Havertz of RB Leipzig, Ben Chilwell of Leicester City. There is also talk of a new goalkeeper to replace, or at least challenge, the Spaniard Kepa Arrizabalaga, whose irregular performance contributed to the defense is the most leaked in the top half of the league last season.