Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia could be left red-faced if she does not overrule Frank Lampard and stop him from signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to fill his defensive void.
Lampard feels Rice is the final piece of his transfer jigsaw but West Ham are demanding £80m for the 21-year-old.
Spending such a substantial fee for a star they are not going to play in his natural position is a major risk.
Perhaps the Blues should take a glance at their north London rivals Tottenham and look at how Jose Mourinho is going wrong.
Spurs have allowed Eric Dier to convert from a holding midfield into a centre-back and he has been error-prone.
Dier was supposed to be marking Dominic Calvert-Lewin at a free-kick from which Everton scored the winning goal in their opening Premier League clash on Saturday.
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He used to play as a centre-back during his time in the Chelsea academy before he was released in 2013.
Lampard has spent over £200m on new signings this window so the pressure is on for his side to really challenge Manchester City and Liverpool.
But Granovskaia must make the bold decision to overrule the head coach if he plans to spend another wedge with no guarantee the gamble will pay off.
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