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Chelsea give Lampard £150m summer transfer kitty

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Chelsea are preparing to hand Frank Lampard a summer war chest in excess of £150million to offset his disappointment at the club’s failure to sign any players in January.

The Blues head coach was visibly frustrated on deadline day as they were unable to bolster their attacking options, despite Lampard making it clear they needed a striker to ease the burden on Tammy Abraham.

Chelsea explored deals for a number of short-term options, including Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani and Dries Mertens, of Napoli, before deciding to wait for their top targets to become available.

Standard Sport understands Lyon forward Moussa Dembele is currently their preferred centre-forward signing. The Ligue 1 side were unwilling to do business last month, but Dembele is expected to become available this summer.