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Chelsea Transfer News: Frank Lampard Calls for Multiple Major Signings

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Former Chelsea player Frank Lampard waves on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Christopher SimpsonFeatured Columnist IVNovember 24, 2016

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has called for the club to make several marquee signings in order to restore the "personality" he believes the Blues no longer have. 

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday's Oliver Holt, Lampard said:

I do worry about where the real personalities of the team are.

To be a big team, you have to have big personalities. I don't want to sound like I am harking back to the days of me and John [Terry] and Ashley Cole and Petr Cech and Didier Drogba but I do see a team now where John is the last mainstay of that identity. 

We had a fantastic spirit at Chelsea. We are kind of famous for it now. People criticised us for it to try to take away the gloss of what we were doing...

They need to buy two or three big players. Because being 11th in the Premier League is ridiculous for Chelsea.

The Blues are frequently linked with major signings, and with the club particularly in need of a striker, one such player is Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani.

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According to an exclusive from the Sun's Mike McGrath, Chelsea will go head-to-head with Manchester City for the Uruguayan this summer in a £30 million tussle, with Cavani himself said to have "his heart set on England," and the favourite candidate to replace Guus Hiddink as manager, Antonio Conte, is a "huge admirer."

Chelsea have little competition for Diego Costa up front with Radamel Falcao failing to make an impact in his loan spell and Loic Remy struggling to shine during his brief opportunities at Stamford Bridge.

As football writer Andrew Gibney revealed during PSG's Coupe de la Ligue match with Toulouse in January, Cavani sometimes struggles to get involved in the play, as he made just 25 touches over the course of 90 minutes:

However, the 29-year-old's ruthless finishing often makes up for that with the prolific hitman having netted 16 times already this season.

Indeed, the Blues have already been on the receiving end of Cavani's predatory instincts in the Champions League, per BT Sport Football:

McGrath describes the striker as "unsettled"—likely because he is often made to make way for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and play out wide—something that wouldn't be a problem at Chelsea.

Of the top strikers who may be available in the summer, the Blues will find few better.

SWANSEA, WALES - FEBRUARY 06:  Scott Dann of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by
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Chelsea have also been linked with a surprise £20 million move for Crystal Palace centre-back Scott Dann.

Rob Draper of the Mail on Sunday reported the Blues could turn to Dann with top defensive target John Stones seemingly set to join Manchester City. 

The 29-year-old Dann has impressed for the Eagles this season, with Squawka reporting the defender has won 74 aerial duels, made 46 interceptions and 138 clearances in 26 Premier League appearances.

WhoScored.com shared the stats from one of his typical all-action displays against Everton in December:

On top of his defensive work, the Englishman has also scored five league goals this season. MailOnline's Joe Ridge is an admirer:

As Terry is set to depart in the summer, the Blues will undoubtedly be pursuing reinforcements at centre-back.

Though Dann may not be the marquee name Blues fans will be hoping for—and many will likely baulk at the price tag—he is a strong and experienced Premier League defender who could carry Chelsea over until they can find a longer-term replacement.

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