Why Chelsea boss Frank Lampard may push for £80m transfer over cheaper £20m alternative

Chelsea have reportedly identified Sergio Reguilon as a cheaper alternative to Ben Chilwell, but Shaka Hislop has explained why the Blues manager may prefer to spend the extra £60million on the Leicester full-back. Chilwell has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Brendan Rodgers fended off questions regarding Chilwell’s future back in January, insisting none of his first-team players were up for sale midway through the season.

Leicester’s stance has seemingly softened heading into the summer transfer window, but they’re not willing to let the defender leave on the cheap.

It has been reported that Chelsea will have to offer close to £80m to secure Chilwell’s signature.

Chelsea have already shelled out £90m on Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech while their next move seems to be focussed on a club-record bid to sign Kai Havertz.

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That could potentially take their summer spending to £180m and budgeting an extra £80m for Chilwell may mean sacrificing other transfer targets.

They have been linked with signing a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga as well as a central defender.

It has meant Chelsea’s hierarchy have been looking at alternatives to Chilwell, with Reguilon said to be available at just £20m.

The 23-year-old is currently on loan from Real Madrid at Sevilla and Chelsea have reportedly held talks about a potential summer transfer.

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And he caught the eye of many Chelsea fans with a stunning goal in the Europa League clash against Roma yesterday.

However, Hislop has explained why Lampard may try and push the club to go all out on signing Chilwell.

Referring to a conversation he had with a former Premier League manager years ago, Hislop said on ESPN FC: “He made a point to me in saying that you pay a premium for English players because if an English player takes a step up and he doesn’t make it, the fault falls on the player for not being able to handle that step up.

“With foreign players, if that player doesn’t adapt to that new team and the new league, the fault falls on the manager.

“So you find managers more willing to pay that premium because it sheds them of some responsibility of the success or, for this point, failure of that player.”

Emerson Palmieri is expected to leave Stamford Bridge, with Inter Milan being strongly linked with the full-back.

Marcos Alonso has also attracted interest, but Lampard may opt to stick with the Spaniard as a back-up option if he manages to sign a new left-back.

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