A FIFA-imposed two-window transfer embargo prevented Lampard from joining any new players at the start of his Stamford Bridge reign this summer, but Chelsea are hopeful the ruling will be changed in time for the winter transfer window.
The Blues have risen to fourth in the PL this campaign in spite of their transfer woes, with a number of the club’s academy products benefitting from Lampard’s youthful selection policy.
It has been suggested that Chelsea could rise as a significant force in England and Europe once again with lots of extra additions to the current line-up, with Lampard now setting his views on a highly-rated Dutchman plying his trade in the Eredivisie.
Calcio Mercato reports that Lampard is preparing to launch a January bid for PSV starlet Ihattaren if Chelsea’s transfer taboo is lifted in time.
The 17-year-old has developed as a regular for the Dutch champions this campaign, contributing one goal and two assists in 10 Eredivisie matches.
He has also netted twice in seven Europa League trips, displaying confidence on the ball and general ability on the pitch belying his tender age.
Ihattaren is already a mighty attacking midfielder with excellent technical ability and has been tipped for a great future at both club and international level.
Luring the young prospect to Stamford Bridge when the market reopens could prove to be a smart piece of business for Lampard, but PSV will undoubtedly do all they can to retain a prized asset’s services.
Ihattaren is contracted to stay at Philips Stadium until 2022 and Frank Lampard’s side will have to sort out their legal woes before a conventional approach can be made, but this story is surely one to keep a close eye on as it develops.