After spending a huge amount in the summer transfer window, Frank Lampard is preparing to raid the Chelsea coffers again in January, this time with a focus on defence.
The Blues manager got his way when going after the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, but needs to look ahead in the centre-back position given that another new summer signing, Thiago Silva, is already 36 and won’t be around for ever.
The highly-rated 20-year-old is believed to be ready to leave the French outfit, and at around the £13.5m mark, his hire would present something of a bargain.
Lampard clearly needs to freshen up a squad that have won just once in their last five games, placing enormous pressure on the shoulders of Chelsea’s former midfielder and record goalscorer.
Simakan could represent the first of a handful of new faces to help propel the Blues back up the Premier League table.