The 23-year-old becomes the London clubs’ third signing of the summer.
Chelsea have made their third signing of the summer with the arrival of English right back Ben Chilwell from Leicester City this afternoon.
The 23-year-old arrives at Stamford Bridge after signing a five-year contract, and will become Chelsea’s go-to player in the left back slot when Lampard plays his favoured four-at-the-back formations.
Chilwell was a key part of an impressive 2019/20 for Brendan Rodgers’ side in a system that demanded high output from the full-backs. Along with Ricardo Pereira at right-back, Chilwell performed well across the board and a move to Chelsea became ideal for both the club and the player.
The player became Frank Lampard’s top target at left-back, and it became clear the player was eager to move to West London. The move has been a highly publicised switch, with talk of an initial fee of around £80 million being quoted by Leicester. The two clubs were in discussions over the last month regarding the player, with the fee reducing to around £50 million as a result.
Chilwell is a product of the Leicester youth academy and featured 33 times for the East Midlands side during the 2019-20 campaign, scoring three goals and providing 4 assists. He was widely regarded as one of the Foxes’ key players in the last campaign, and his absence in the final stretch became noticeable for Brendan Rodgers.
Chelsea turned their attention to him as Frank Lampard looked to sign a player who has considerable experience in an advanced full-back role, which may suggest he can adapt between traditional full-back and wing-back. It has been suggested that both Marcos Alonso and Emerson were considered as wing-backs by Frank Lampard, and Ben Chilwell comes fresh as a traditional wide defender.
This move represents the start of a reconstruction of the Chelsea defence, which became a significant concern towards the back end of last season. Left-back Ben Chilwell is likely to be joined by central defenders Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr in the coming days; providing additional experience and stability.
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