Chelsea set for defensive overhaul as Lampard makes Upamecano No.1 target

Frank Lampard is plotting an overhaul of his Chelsea defence this summer – with Dayot Upamecano having emerged as his No.1 target.

The Blues have kept just seven clean sheets in 39 games in all competitions this term.

Lampard has chopped and changed his defence throughout the season, as well as alternating between a back four and three centre-halves.

And Lampard was startled with how his side was ripped apart by Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening.

Now he is ready to make changes throughout – having already agreed a deal to bring in Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech – but is notably looking to strengthen at the back.

Reece James is seen as the future at right-back, Antonio Rudiger is the undoubted first choice and Cesar Azpilicueta remains a leader in the dressing room and a key figure.

Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell has been targeted for the problem position of left-back, with both Emerson and Marcos Alonso available.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, the £71million ‘keeper recently dropped from the starting lineup, could be sold if a buyer can be found after a disappointing campaign. Jan Oblak is liked as a potential replacement, but Atletico Madrid would ask for a world record fee for their No.1.

And Lampard likes RB Leipzig’s Upamecano as an ideal partner for Germany international Rudiger.

Rudiger has been partnered at various points this term by Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori, but Upamecano’s time with RBL could be set to end this summer, as he closes on the final 12 months of his deal with the Bundesliga upstarts.

Arsenal too are keen on Upamecano, who has already stated he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision over his future: "I will speak well with my agents and my parents at the end of the season.

"And we will make the right decision."

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