Chelsea may be the Premier League’s champions in waiting, but Antonio Conte will likely want to make changes to the squad he inherited last summer from Jose Mourinho when the next transfer window comes around – we all know what happened the last time the Blues failed to adequately recruit after lifting the title.
The defence could surprisingly be the department that sees the most change, wing-backs included. Although Chelsea’s back three and wide-men have performed exceptionally this season, Gary Cahill, David Luiz and John Terry will all be the wrong side of 30 next term, whilst Victor Moses isn’t a natural defender.
One potential target reportedly already on Chelsea’s radar, according to The Daily Star, is Sporting Gijon’s prodigious centre-half Jorge Mere. Despite being just 19 years of age, Mere has held down a spot in the starting XI for the last two seasons and is proving vital in his club’s efforts to stave off relegation.
Indeed, as our infographic shows, Mere is performing far beyond his years, producing high returns for tackles, interceptions, blocks and clearances, whilst the fact he’s made just one defensive error this season particularly highlights his maturity.
According to The Daily Star, the Spain U21’s contract includes a £25million release clause, but Sporting Gijon could be forced to sell for even less if they’re relegated from the Spanish top flight.