Frank Lampard wants ‘major Chelsea squad overhaul with eight stars facing axe’

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly ready to get rid of up to eight players in the summer.

The Blues’ 3-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 first-leg highlighted just how far away the team are from their former glory days.

The result only reiterated what the manager already knew and the young limitations of his squad became apparent once more.

Lampard won multiple Premier League titles, as well as the Champions League, in his playing days and knows what it takes to reach the top.

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And according to The Sun , the former midfielder is planning a huge summer overhaul of his squad.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has failed to impress this season and recently lost his starting place to Willy Caballero, is among those who will leave.

Ross Barkley and Jorginho may also be axed alongside left-backs Marcos Alonso and Emerson, while Kurt Zouma, Willian and Pedro will be assessed between now and the end of the campaign.

It has been acknowledged that there are risks to implementing such a dramatic turnover of players, but Lampard is in favour of a major cull to accelerate the squad's development.

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And he wants to make space for at least four new signings in the summer to go along with the £37million transfer of Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech.

Leicester and England left-back Ben Chilwell is rated highly, while a swap deal with Atletico Madrid for their keeper Jan Oblak would solve the Kepa problem.

Chelsea have hardly spent a penny over the last two transfer windows and have a kitty full of cash to spend.

They have been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho in recent months and his £100m price-tag might not seem to high.

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Lampard made it clear that he wants Chelsea to be competing for league titles again and not is content with just fighting it out for a top four spot.

The Blues are in a transition season and for now will be content with securing Champions League football again for next season.

This will mean they can hopefully still attract the type of players that they are looking at in the summer.

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