Chelsea have been backed by Paul Merson to close the gap on Liverpool this coming season after having a sensational transfer window.

The Blues have signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, Nice’s Malang Sarr as a free agent, Ben Chilwell from Leicester City and PSG’s Thiago also as a free agent.

With Kai Havertz and a goalkeeper set to arrive Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks, top pundit and former Arsenal star, Paul Merson sees Chelsea as a threat to Champions, Liverpool and Manchester City.

“Chelsea have bought amazingly well. They are going to close the gap on Liverpool next season,” he told the Daily Star, cited by Express.

“It could be one of the tightest league title races in a long time.”

The blues have reportedly tabled a second bid for Nice goalkeeper Édouard Mendy while Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz is days away from being a done deal.