The two signings that will follow Ziyech and Werner in to make Chelsea ‘a major force’ in the Premier League next season

Paul Merson has revealed the two signings Chelsea need to make to become a ‘major force’ in the Premier League next season.

Frank Lampard has already started his summer of spending, even though the transfer window has not opened yet, and the Blues boss has already acquired the services of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

And with the players that he already has at Stamford Bridge, there have been many in the media who have claimed that the club could challenge for that Premier League title with the signings of the world class pair.

But Arsenal legend Merson has opened up and claimed that Chelsea need to add another left-back and maybe a centre-half to the squad before they can be considered serious challengers for that title.

The Arsenal legend told Sky Sports: ‘I think Chelsea need a left-back, and they might need another centre-half, and then they’ll be a major force next season.

‘I don’t think they’ll win the Premier League next season, but the gap won’t be as big. ‘They mean business. The owner has been brilliant; he’s weighed it up and gone – bang! Here’s your money.

‘He’s looked at the situation and thought, “Tottenham are struggling, Pep Guardiola won’t be at City forever”, and he’s trying to get into the top four, close the gap and challenge when they have their chance.

‘With Liverpool putting up records like they have with their players being as good as they are, it’s only a matter of time before the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling.

‘In three or four years, I’d be quite shocked if Chelsea don’t win the Premier League.’

There is no doubt that Chelsea have done some wonderful business that will push them towards the very top next season, but that back-line does need improving as having a great attack will not win you that Premier League title.

If Chelsea can improve that back-line in the summer, then yes Merson is right, and they will then be serious title contenders for Liverpool and Manchester City. But will they have the money to get two more deals done?

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