Frank Lampard says serious questions need to be asked within Chelsea this summer about their transfer approach.In an exclusive interview with Hawksbee and Jacobs, the Blues legend warned his old club they risk falling behind Manchester City and Manchester United if they don’t back Antonio Conte heavily.He said: “It is very evident that in terms of strengthening, they didn’t [last summer]. They lost big players in [Nemanja] Matic and [Diego] Costa and they did buy some but I think the manager wasn’t that happy with that.“There was a downturn in performances from the players as well, which can happen having won a league, which is disappointing.“It is important for Chelsea, for continuity, to come in the top four. We are not going to win the league this year so they have to come in the top four and try to have a Champions League run.“There need to be some serious questions in the summer, to say: ‘Ok, everyone else is recruiting around us, the Manchester clubs in particular’ and you are going to have to match that to a degree to stay in the game. That’s the way football has gone.” Antonio Conte has struggled to replicate his achievements from last season 1 “Everyone else is recruiting around us….the Manchester clubs in particular”#CFC legend Frank Lampard has his say on the latest developments at the club.Catch Lampard’s full interview, on @tSHandJ from 2.30pm, only on talkSPORT. pic.twitter.com/VFqQP85hiU— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 26, 2018 Legends of football is one of the sport’s most prestigious charity awards and events — and this year is to induct England, Chelsea, West Ham, Manchester City and New York City legend Frank Lampard into its roll call of all-time greats. Lampard is joining the likes of John Charles, Sir Stanley Matthews, Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona and last year’s recipient Steven Gerrard. Sponsored by hmv, Legends Of Football has raised over £7million for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins since its first event in 1997. The charity is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. The event is on Monday October 8 and tickets are available from www.lofootball.co.uk
shining 6 no dice gameday cracker REVEALED Manchester United will be hoping this summer transfer window is more successful than last year.Former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho failed to bring in a much-needed centre-back and spent £50million on Fred, who has failed to make an impact at Old Trafford. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED BEST OF 6 6 ADVICE Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 6 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Kostas Manolas and Douglas Costa could be Manchester United team-mates next season REPLY Douglas Costa has struggled for form this season Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Nikola Milenkovic could fill the void left by Antonio Valencia Here is how Manchester United could line up next season 6 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Diogo Dalot was signed for £19million from Porto and the youngster is making good progress under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United have conceded 40 league goals this season, the most of any top six club, meaning defenders will be high on their wish list.So, who could be a United player at the start of next season? Getty 6 huge blow Kostas Manolas (Roma)United could be tempted into triggering the Greek defender’s release clause of just £30.8million. Manolas and Varane could form a solid partnership to lead United on all fronts next term.The 27-year-old has vast Champions League experience with Roma, and scored a late goal to knock Barcelona out of last season’s competition.Manolas has started 21 of Roma’s 28 Serie A games to help the club climb to fifth in the table. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Kostas Manolas is in demand with his cheap buyout clause Is this how Manchester United could look next season? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)The Frenchman has been a long-term target for United and is believed to be considering his Real Madrid future. The defender is a serial winner and has lifted a World Cup, two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.Similarly to Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool, Varane’s leadership and dominance at the back could transform United into Premier League title challengers next season. Douglas Costa (Juventus)Jesse Lingard is the club’s only natural right winger and Solskjaer is likely to add in this area position in the summer. Like Varane, Costa has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for a number of years.Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin has severely restricted Costa’s playing time this season. He has started just seven Serie A games, scoring one goal in all competitions.Juventus are reportedly interested in signing United flop Alexis Sanchez, who would have to take a pay cut on his £500,000-a-week wages – and that could open the door for Costa to join the Red Devils. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Raphael Varane’s Real Madrid future is uncertain Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)Milenkovic’s versatility to play as a centre-half and right-back will appeal to United with long-serving captain Antonio Valencia set to leave at the end of the campaign. Ashley Young has been the club’s first-choice right-back with Dalot also filling in at times.While Dalot has potential to become a solid full-back, Milenkovic could be a ready-made replacement for Valencia.The 21-year-old has won ten caps for Serbia, including three at the 2018 World Cup, and made 40 Serie A appearances since his Fiorentina debut in 2017.