Revealed: 71% of Chelsea fans would back Mahrez swoop

If Chelsea are to become the first side to successfully defend the Premier League title since 2009, Antonio Conte will have to make a real mark in the transfer market this summer.

The last time the Blues lifted the English crown, underwhelming recruitment that only added depth to the fringes of the first-team squad cost them dearly, finishing the following season in 10th place and incurring an almighty casualty in manager Jose Mourinho.

Thus, reports claiming Chelsea are keen on Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez come as no surprise, especially following news that Eden Hazard’s injury could see him miss the start of next season.

The Algerian was the cutting edge in the Foxes’ shock title win, accordingly picking up the PFA Player of the Year award for 2015/16.

But the current campaign hasn’t been quite so kind to the 30-cap international, amassing only four goals in the Premier League, so we asked Chelsea fans earlier this week whether their club should swoop in the summer or steer clear of the inconsistent attacker.

According to our poll, however, the majority of Chelsea supporters would back a transfer deal for the 26-year-old, with a whopping 71% voting in Mahrez’s favour.