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Chelsea Transfer Rumours: 6 Potential Replacements for Frank Lampard

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterFebruary 27, 2012

Chelsea Transfer Rumours: 6 Potential Replacements for Frank Lampard

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    Frank Lampard and Andre-Villas Boas just can't seem to get along.

    Lampard, a veteran Chelsea midfielder, recently said his relationship with first-year manager Villas-Boas is "not ideal." In response, Villas-Boas called into question whether Lampard will remain at Stamford Bridge next season.

    Uh oh. Maybe it's time to start looking for Lampard's replacement. With that in mind, here are six players who could, well, replace Lampard in his central/attacking midfield role next season for Chelsea.

    Know of any others? Leave a name in the comments.

     

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Luka Modric

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    "Duh," you say. Modric and Chelsea have been batting eyelashes at each other from across town for the better part of a year. Last summer, at least one fan site even Photoshopped a Chelsea shirt onto the Croatian midfielder.

    The rumor mill started up again over the winter, thanks to Modric's own words. While it would cost a large sum to bring Modric from Spurs to Chelsea, that's not necessarily an issue for Chelsea. Moreover, Modric has reportedly put off signing a new contract at Tottenham.

    Could a deal finally happen this summer?

Marek Hamsik

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    Hamsik wouldn't be a straight-up replacement for Lampard, but the versatile Slovakian can play several positions in the attacking third.

    Napoli president Antonio De Laurentiis claimed last December that Hamsik had signed a new deal with the Italian club. But in January, Hamsik's agent reportedly said Hamsik would consider moving to Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona.

    This one is a bit of a long shot, but Hamsik has undoubted quality.

Willian

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    Chelsea's interest in Willian is no secret. Multiple sources reported on the Blues' interest in the Brazilian midfielder/winger during the winter transfer window.

    More recently, the word is that Chelsea will sign Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer.

Alan Dzagoev

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    Chelsea's reported interest in Alan Dzagoev goes way back. The 21-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder was linked with Chelsea in 2008 and again in 2009.

    More recently, FootyBunker insists that Chelsea are still interested.

Lucas Moura

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    According to the papers, Chelsea weighed up a move for Sao Paulo's Lucas Moura during the winter transfer window.

    The rumors are still out there, but now, Real Madrid are apparently interested as well.

    Moura, 19, has made 10 senior appearances for Brazil.

Paul Pogba

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    Paul Pogba, Manchester United's 18-year-old French midfielder, has been linked with several European clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City.

    Chelsea are also reportedly interested in Pogba, whose contract expires in the summer.

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