The duo, who agreed to move last season, have already started training with their new teammates in west London and will be joined by a few new faces if manager Frank Lampard is successful.
The Blues have made signing Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz their priority, with the Bundesliga side holding for around £ 90million to allow his departure.
As Lampard goes out of his way to get Havertz to Stamford Bridge, tackling a leaky defense is also on the agenda and left-back target at top Ben Chilwell is set to join the revolution in the west London.
Leicester had initially held up to £ 80million, similar to the fees Manchester United paid to Harry Maguire last year, but it is now understood that he has accepted an offer closer to £ 50million. for the English international.
Declan Rice is Lampard’s first choice as a center-back, although West Ham boss David Moyes sees the 21-year-old as a future Hammers captain and will demand around £ 70million to sanction his sale. Brighton’s Lewis Dunk is another option, although the Seagulls may ask for around £ 40million for the 28-year-old.
Lampard made his opinion on Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, very clear after ditching the Spaniard for 38-year-old Willy Caballero at the end of last season. The Blues are keen to bring in a new No.1 this summer and have named Ajax’s Andre Onana as a target, but are struggling to generate interest in Kepa to fund any replacement.
Here’s how they could line up in 2020-2021 with a mix of academy graduates and new recruits in Lampard’s favorite lineup …
Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Zouma, Rice, Chilwell; Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Havertz; Ziyech, Mont, Werner