Mauricio Pochettino, the incoming head coach of Chelsea, has identified three positions to strengthen the team: goalkeeper, central midfielder and No. 9. However, Pochettino understands that reducing the club's oversized squad and complying with Financial Fair Play regulations are his primary concerns. He wants experienced Premier League players to supplement the young talent already at the club.
In addition, Pochettino is looking for a long-term central midfield partner for Enzo Fernandez, and a solution to the lack of a central striker. Lampard is expected to remain in charge for the rest of the season, and the hope is that Pochettino's deal can be confirmed by the end of the week.