Chelsea have not been assured defensively this season in the Premier League (EPL) and this has affected them especially in recent weeks.
The Blues have not been able to open up a big advantage over the chasing pack for fourth position and their defensive frailties have contributed to this situation.
Chelsea are in fourth position and they have a five-point lead over the nearest challengers Sheffield United in the race for Champions League football in the next campaign.
The Blues have one of the most fearsome attacks in the Premier League this season but that attacking verve has not been matched defensively as the former Premier League (EPL) champions has one of the worst defensive records in the top half of the table.
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Frank Lampard and his Chelsea players have conceded 34 goals in just 25 league games this term and the Blues boss tried to shake things up defensively with the big decision to drop first choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for the experienced ageing second choice shot stopper Willy Caballero in their last league game at Leicester City.
The change in goalkeeper didn’t work as Chelsea conceded two goals in a game that ended 2-2.
Chelsea were linked with a lot of centre backs last month during the transfer window but they were unable to add a quality defender to their ranks.
Here are four centre backs that could sign for the club this summer.
1. Nathan Ake
The Bournemouth star was formerly at Stamford Bridge before he signed for the Cherries in 2017 after a successful six-month loan spell at the Vitality Stadium.
2. Lewis Dunk
The Brighton skipper was linked with a £50m transfer to Chelsea last month.
3. Kalidou Koulibaly
Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly might leave the Italians this summer with several clubs including Chelsea interested in the player regarded as one of the best centre backs in the game.
4. Daniele Rugani
The Juventus defender is a long-term target for the Blues.