It was reported today in the Evening Standard that several of Chelsea’s former academy players, including Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, were set to be offered extensions now that Frank Lampard is all but secure as our new manager.
The logic is that the presence of the former midfielder as our new manager will persuade these young players that they have a proper future here, starting with this season where they are all but guaranteed serious role thanks to the transfer ban.
Another feature of this mentioned lower down is that Juan Castillo, an academy left back signed from Ajax two years ago who has looked set to walk away this summer, may be about to change his mind on that decision.
He has a significant block to first team minutes in the form of both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, but if Lampard can persuade the young talent that one of those will be sold this summer and he can start to get senior minutes, it’s feasible he could change his mind.
It’s also possible he’s just sent some feelers out and not had any tempting offers. Either way, it would be a huge boost to lock him down.
The next step for him would probably be a loan, but if we sell one of our top options at the position, a slot suddenly opens up.