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The deed is done.
Manager Frank Lampard got his defender.
After long coveting the 23-year-old defender, Chelsea officially signed Ben Chilwell away from Leicester City Wednesday evening. The deal is for five years and is evaluated at 50 million euros.
After initially valuing Chilwell at 80 million euros, Leicester City dropped their evaluation and price tag on the left-back, which allowed their Premier League rivals to jump into the sweepstakes and address one of their main areas of need on the roster.
Despite nursing a current heel injury, Chilwell is expected to be ready to play closely after the start of the 2020-21 Premier League season, which begins for Chelsea on Monday, Sep. 14 when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at Amex Stadium.
The transaction is Chelsea’s third major signing during the transfer window after they initially brought in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. While the two latter moves helped strengthen Chelsea’s attack, the Chilwell move improves Chelsea’s defense after the unit’s spacious allowance to opposing attackers led to the club allowing 54 goals last season.
Chilwell is expected to be a mainstay in Lampard’s starting eleven and should bring more consistent pressure on the defensive side while also being a presence on offense when needed (he scored three goals and tallied three assists in Premier League action last season). More importantly, the move injects another young developing player onto a club bustling with youthful talent.
Chelsea is expected to add even further after the Chilwell signing, as they are in talks with Bayer Leverkusen attacker and midfielder Kai Havertz, in addition to central-defender Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 2020-21 Premier League season officially begins Saturday, Sep. 12.