Chelsea keeping tabs on World-class full-back

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Ben Chilwell has appeared as the primary transfer target for Chelsea either in the summer or in the winter if they can get their transfer ban overturned.

The Leicester City and England full-back has been in fine form this campaign for club and country and has found himself on Chelsea’s radar, as a result, reports the Athletic.

The Blues are looking to strengthen at left-back after the reduced form of Marcos Alonso, which has seen Emerson Palmieri and Cesar Azpilicueta filling in on the left side of the defence.

Frank Lampard would prefer to invest in a new full-back than rely on any of his current options, with Ben Chilwell fitting the bill as a young, quick defender who poses an attacking threat as well.

Leicester are under no pressure to sell, with Ben Chilwell under contract until 2024 and the club proved how firm they can stand over asking prices over the summer.

Manchester United made their choice to sign Harry Maguire very clear, and the Foxes remained steadfast that he would cost £80m, which is the price they finally got for the defender.

Ben Chilwell may not turn out to be quite as expensive as that, but he would still command a massive transfer fee.

Marcos Alonso is under a deal at Chelsea until 2023, and it is this long-term deal, which he only signed last year, that is a concern for the club.

The Stamford Bridge hierarchy are concerned that his form has suffered since signing a new deal, worth £100,000-a-week, and he is now tied to the club notwithstanding them looking for a replacement.

Emerson Palmieri started the season at full-back and played well, but has fallen back out of the side after injury.

If Ben Chilwell proves unavailable to the Blues, they are also considering moves for Valencia’s Jose Gaya and Nice’s Youcef Atal as Frank Lampard looks to solve his left-sided problem.