Chelsea’s transfer ban has finally been lifted for the January window. Something that could affect Leeds United more than we think.
Frank Lampard is in the market to strengthen his defence. It has been suggested that the Blues have been impressed whilst scouting Ben White this season.
The Sun reported that the 22-year-old is their main alternative to Nathan Ake, and that they could make a £25million offer to tempt Brighton.
The Athletic journalist, David Ornstein delivered an update on Monday claiming that Chelsea are running out of time to complete a deal for Ake at a cut price of £40million.
“However, Chelsea succeeded in reducing the punishment to one window and that means they have a somewhat unexpected chance to do the deal this coming January,” he wrote.
“That said, it is also their final chance and with Ake sidelined for up to six weeks, there is no guarantee it will happen.”
With it being their final chance in January for the 24-year-old, should the Blues miss out, they could be forced to look elsewhere. That could be bad news for Leeds.
With White being Chelsea’s main alternative to Ake, it could be a nightmare window for Leeds if they were to lose the superb loanee halfway through the campaign.
The Dutchman is currently injured, and as Ornstein said, there are no guarantees a deal between the two Premier League clubs can be agreed. Given that Brighton could also be tempted, it would be no surprise to see it happen.
Leeds could certainly fall foul of a domino effect between Chelsea and their targets, and Victor Orta will need to get busy should the worst happen to bring in a capable replacement or two.
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