Chelsea are preparing for a busy December full of fixtures but January promises to be as hectic too.
With the transfer window set to open, the Blues are on the right track under Frank Lampard.
They will not want to change too much but there are still concerns over their defence.
Despite heavily improving their backline with the arrivals of Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, reinforcements are desired.
Declan Rice of West Ham is a long-term target of Lampard’s, who admires his versatility and wants him in defence and midfield.
While David Alaba has also been linked as his contract troubles at Bayern Munich continue.
Here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumours.
Real Madrid have emerged as the frontrunners for the signature of David Alaba.
That will come as a huge blow to Chelsea, who had asked Bayern Munich to keep them in the loop over the situation.
Alaba’s contract will expire in the summer and negotiations with the German champions have broken down.
All the signs point to the Austrian leaving the Bundesliga next year and Chelsea had emerged as a serious contender for the defender.
But Marca report that Real have stepped up their efforts and assumed frontrunners for the 28-year-old.
Alaba has spent his entire professional career at Bayern and, despite widespread interest in his services, there is still the chance that he signs a new contract in Munich.
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Rice tipped for United
Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice ‘stinks of a Manchester United signing’ following his latest display for West Ham.
That is the opinion of Tony Cascarino, who reckons the England international is ready to make the step up.
Lampard is desperate to snatch up the 21-year-old, who was released by Chelsea at the age of 14 but Cascarino was blown away by his display against Leeds and believes he could end up at Old Trafford.
“Declan Rice was superb. He absolutely ran the show in midfield,” he said.
“He was up against Kalvin Phillips as well, who is a good player. I thought he just took the game by the scruff of the neck.
“He just stunk of a Manchester United signing to me. I was sat there thinking, ‘Wow!'”