Chelsea Legend Pat Nevin says Liverpool and Manchester City are helping the Blues in their transfer pursuits this summer.

The Chelsea are hoping to be busy before the transfer window shuts on Friday evening as boss Frank Lampard is desperate for the club to back him in the next few days and bring in a few new faces.

And Blues hero Nevin has come out and claimed that Liverpool and City are actually helping the Blues in their quest to sign players, with the likes of Krzysztof Piatek and Wilfred Zaha linked with a move. Nevin told Chelsea’s official website: “So, there are unexpected effects of unwise January buys and the clubs need to be wary of these.

“Fortunately, Chelsea aren’t in a bad position compared with others in this regard. There is a desire to improve the squad, there always is and always should be, but it isn’t exactly a desperate situation.

“The market knows this and as such we should be able to make a deal or two if we want to, that is still good value. “There have been plenty of reports in the ether regarding Chelsea, from Zaha at Palace to Piatek at Milan and who knows how serious or informed any of these stories are.

“Most of the names mentioned have been impressive and obviously well-researched by the club’s people. “Piatek would have been one of my first options a year ago, so I believe they are ‘all over’ the available players in the market that Frank Lampard has been interested in.

“It may also help that Man City, Liverpool and even Leicester City are not looking in the same places as we are at the moment. “The teams above us in the league look fairly settled with their squads so it may make our deals that little bit more likely.”