Chelsea Summer Transfer Hub

Silly season is upon us. Antonio Conte’s Italy have been knocked out of the European Championships and so he’ll take a little break to recharge those overheating batteries and then take his place overseeing pre season at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, plotting Premier League, and probably also World, domination.

Antonio Conte is a man who knows what he wants and will calculate until he gets there. And so summer transfers, with all the might of Chelsea’s scouting department and very considerable wealth, Conte will have his sights on some of the very best players football has to offer these days. You don’t want to miss this!

What’s more, with the European Championships only holding our attention for a month at the start of the summer, we have a whole month left before the Premier League returns, and there’s only so much tennis, golf and cricket you can watch!

With all of that in mind, you will probably be fed up googling ‘Chelsea transfer rumours’ for a month on end, and your footballing withdrawals will need to be averted with a bunch of Chelsea transfer rumours. If that’s you, you’ve come to the right place.

Because here’s the best of Chelsea’s window, all in one handy place. Happy scrolling!

Costa back home

Diego Costa (centre)

Diego Costa is eager to leave Chelsea and make an emotional move back to Atletico Madrid this summer and has informed Antonio Conte and Roman Abramovich of his wish, according to reports from AS. The Spaniard joined the Blues from the Rojiblancos in the summer of 2014 and fired an impressive 20 goals in his debut league season as the Blues coasted to the title.

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For club and country

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is considering a move for Lazio wide-man Antonio Candreva with Juan Cuadrado edging towards a permanent move to Juventus, according to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio. The Italian coach is firmly in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge after finishing his EURO 2016 duties with the Azzurri and appears set to kick off his transfer plans over the coming weeks.

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Double trouble

N'Golo Kante

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is set to take his summer spending past the £100m mark with a double move for N’Golo Kante and Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports from The Sun. The Italian tactician is now firmly in the Blues hot-seat following the close of his Azzurri duties at EURO 2016 and is set to kick his west London plans into gear over the coming weeks.

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Obi and out?

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According to reports from TuttoMercatoWeb, Inter Milan are targeting Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel for a summer transfer. The Nigerian international has obtained cult hero status at Stamford Bridge since signing from Lyn in 2006, in no small part due to his modest return of six goals in 372 appearances across all competitions.But now aged 29 and into the last twelve months of his Chelsea contract, it has been widely speculated that he could leave the Premier League title hopefuls during the summer transfer window.

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No chance?

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According to reports from The Guardian, the agent of Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Arda Turan has insisted his client is happy at Barcelona. The Turkish international moved to the Nou Camp only last summer, after winning a La Liga title and reaching a Champions League final during a four-season tenure at Atletico Madrid. Barcelona’s transfer embargo delayed the attacking midfielder’s debut until January 2016 but Turan struggled to impress during the second half of the season, issued just nine starts in La Liga.

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Too high a price?

Kalidou Koulibaly

According to reports from London Evening Standard, Chelsea are concerned they’ll have to set a new club-record transfer fee to sign top Everton target Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal international was in phenomenal form last season, averaging 2.5 tackles, interceptions and successful aerial duels per match to help Napoli finish with the second-best goals conceded record in Serie A after title winners Juventus. Everton are reportedly preparing a £38million transfer bid for the 25-year-old, who is amid a contract dispute at Stadio Sao Paulo, whilst London Evening Standard claim they could go as high as £42million.

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Surplus to requirements

Tomas Kalas

According to reports from Evening Gazette, the agent of Tomas Kalas has claimed Middlesbrough are interested in signing the Chelsea defender during the summer transfer window. Aitor Karanka’s side appear to have made high-profile additions with strong pedigree a key part of their summer transfer policy. Kalas might not quite belong in that category but he’s rated as one of the Blues’ better youngsters, having represented them twice in the Premier League and plied his trade in Czech, Dutch and German football.

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Seen them coming

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Chelsea will have to pay a staggering club-record-equalling £50m fee to land Sporting CP’s Joao Mario this summer, according to reports from Record. The 23-year-old midfielder was a mainstay through Portugal’s EURO 2016 victory, featuring in all seven games as the Iberian nation secured their first ever piece of major silverware.

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Back home

Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid are still keen to set up a reunion with Chelsea’s Diego Costa this summer and are hopeful that he will push for a move, according to reports from MARCA. The Brazil-born Spain international left the Rojiblancos for the Blues in the summer of 2014, and has been a big hit at Stamford Bridge, netting 32 league goals – enough to make him the Londoners’ top scorer in both campaigns.

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Conte for Kante

N'Golo Kante

Chelsea have moved to open discussions with Leicester’s N’Golo Kante following the close of EURO 2016 and have been buoyed by the player’s desire to join the Blues, according to reports from the Telegraph.

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Barca Star?

Arda Turan

According to reports from Sport, Arsenal and Chelsea are both targeting Arda Turan, who could leave Barcelona during the summer transfer window. Barcelona signed the Turkish international, who has represented his country a whopping 93 times, last summer but he wasn’t allowed to make a competitive appearance until January 2016 due to the Nou Camp outfit’s transfer ban. However, the versatile midfielder, who can operate as a wide man, a centre-mid or a No.10, endured an underwhelming debut half-season at the Nou Camp, managing just nine starts in La Liga.

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Wits about them?

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According to reports from Mirror Football, Chelsea have launched a late attempt to sign Everton and Liverpool transfer target Axel Witsel. The 6 foot 1 midfielder has spent the last four years at Zenit St. Petersburg, registering 156 appearances across all competitions and helping them win a Russian Premier League title in 2015. But the 27-year-old looks set to leave the club during the summer transfer window, with his contract due to expire at the end of next season and a number of Premier League clubs chasing his signature.

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Italian after Italian!

Antonio Candreva

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen to make a late move to beat Napoli to the signature of Lazio’s Antonio Candreva as Juan Cuadrado nears a permanent move to Juventus, according to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio. The Italian is now free to conduct his plans with the Blues following his EURO 2016 duties with the Azzurri, and speculation has suggested that he may lose the Colombia international.

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Too much for Euro winner?

Andre Gomes

Chelsea have had an offer of €53m (£45.1m) rejected by Valencia for the signature of Andre Gomes, with the La Liga side not willing to discuss his future for less than €85m (£72.4m), according to reports from Mundo Deportivo.

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Morata close to joining?

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According to reports from London Evening Standard, Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in Chelsea transfer target Alvaro Morata.

Real Madrid have just activated a £23million buyback clause to re-sign the former Juventus striker, who lifted two Serie A titles and reached a Champions League final during his time in Turin.

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No, no, Nainggolan

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Chelsea finally managed to capture their first signing last week in Machi Batshuayi, with fans of the London club hoping that it would spell the beginning of a few weeks of heavy spending as the team looks to rebuild.

Unfortunately, Chelsea have suffered a major blow in that regard today, with Di Marzio reporting that the agent of Radja Naingollen has had a meeting with Roma officials with regards to his future.

Di Marzio suggests that, unfortunately for Chelsea fans, a transfer away from the club was not on the agenda.

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Dream Giacc move!

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Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini has not agreed a £2m move to Torino, and is keen on a “dream” switch to join Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

The Sunderland man, who spent last season on loan at Bologna, has been a favourite of the new Blues boss for some time after working under him at Juventus and maintaining a spot in the Azzurri squad.

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Matic to stay?

Nemanja Matic

With Juventus looking to improve after an impressive season last year, reports have been linking them with a number of want-away Chelsea stars.

Two names consistently linked with the exit door are Nemanja Matic and Juan Cuadrado; and both transfers have reportedly undergone developments overnight.

According to Di Marzio, Juan Cuadrado, who spent the season on loan in Turin last season looks set for the exit door, with Juventus looking to retain his services this summer.

This one was expected, given the poor form that Cuadrado showed during his six month cameo in the Premier League two seasons ago.

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Luk out, Antonio!

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According to reports from Mirror Football, in-demand striker Romelu Lukaku is ready to sign a new contract at Everton.

The Belgium international netted 18 times in the Premier League last season, bringing his overall return in the top flight to 60 goals in 149 appearances.

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Saul Right!

Saul Niguez

According to reports from Sport, super agent Jorge Mendes is desperate to bring Saul Niguez to the Premier League during the summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old rose to super-stardom towards the end of last season after playing a pivotal role in Atletico Madrid’s march to the Champions League final.

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Five man midfield like this?

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Antonio Conte’s arrival in the Premier League can only mean good things.

A pure entertainer on the touchline and a masterful tactician, Conte is going to bring entertainment to a league that is now packed with superstar managers. The Italian, if you listen to the majority of fans, is likely to play 3-5-2.

It’s hard to know exactly what formation he will opt for – considering that he has previously used plenty of other systems – but the 3-5-2, after Italy’s success at the Euros, could well be the way that Conte goes. It was the blueprint for his masterful years as Juventus manager, too.

Signings are inevitable for Chelsea most summers and that is the case times a million this time around. Conte will be given a near blank cheque book you’d imagine and that could make Chelsea’s XI for their first match of the season look rather fresh.

Here’s how their midfield could look come the start of the season…

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No way, Gomes!

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According to reports from Mirror Football, Chelsea have seen a £40million transfer bid for Andre Gomes rejected by Valencia.

The 22-year-old midfielder signed for Los Che permanently from Benfica only last summer following a year-long loan at the Mestalla.

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Chelsea’s frightening XI

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The 2015/16 season was largely one to forget for Chelsea fans. After cruising to the Premier League title just one year prior, the season was marred by embarrassing displays both on and off the field.

Two managers later and it seems that the club may be on a different path. Mourinho and Hiddink are both gone, and the club now have Italian Antonio Conte at the helm.

The Chelsea brass will expect Conte to propel the Chelsea side up the table once more, and he will no doubt be backed with a big enough transfer fund to invest into a number of big names.

With some of clubs stars looking back to their best, and with a few new signings in the bag, fans can expect an exciting new look Chelsea side going into next season.

Is this what Chelsea’s starting XI will look like next season?

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Costa to stay and fight?

Diego Costa

Chelsea have been handed a boost, with Diego Costa keen to stay put and work under Antonio Conte, who is eager to pair him up front with Alvaro Morata, according to reports from The Telegraph.

The controversial Spaniard, who has been the Blues’ top goalscorer in both of his seasons at Stamford Bridge since signing from Atletico Madrid, has been aligned with a move away from west London of late, with suggestions circulating that he could be replaced by Gonzalo Higuain.

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Mega Higuain bid!

Gonzalo Higuain

According to reports from AS, Chelsea are lining up Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain as an ideal replacement for star front man Diego Costa.

The Spain international has bagged 32 goals in 54 appearances since signing for the west Londoners two summers ago, firing them to the 2014/15 Premier League title.

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Pelle coming?

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According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has emerged as a prime transfer target for Chelsea and Everton.

The 30-year-old has consistently impressed since signing from Feyenoord two summers ago, amassing 23 goals in 63 Premier League appearances for the Saints.

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A closer look

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He’s one of the most feared strikers in Europe. He’s big, strong and single-minded in his pursuit of goals, but he’s also incredibly skilful too.

36 goals in 35 league games last season proves that. He’s a lethal striker with the most lethal record in Serie A history. Why wouldn’t you want him in your team?

Well, maybe his unerring ability to mess it all up for Lionel Messi. But, let’s face it, no one linked with Gonzalo Higuain this summer has Leo Messi in their team. The Daily Express report that Arsenal are favourites for his signature, and Chelsea aren’t too far behind.

Instead, if anyone is willing to part with the amount of money necessary to prize him away from the grip of Aurelio de Laurentiis at Napoli, they’ll still be getting a quality striker.

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Five players set to come good?

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Stamford Bridge began to look more like an easy away day than the formidable fortress it once was at points last season.

Teams were travelling to the under-performing west Londoners’ back yard expecting to come away with something – a statement almost unthinkable in seasons past where anybody would be lucky to hit the back of the net, let alone walk away with three points.

The stormy cloud that Jose Mourinho left looming over the Bridge began to clear slightly with the arrival of Guus Hiddink mid-way through the season, however, a gloomy lull still hung over the Blues for the remainder of their campaign as they struggled to produce the kind of performances that had seen them crowned champions only a year previous.

While results improved, chins were still visibly on the floor and more so than ever before the Chelsea cohort looked relieved for the season to be over. A 10th place finish and out of all cup competitions was their ‘reward’.

Could it be time the for those clouds to part now though?

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Players to pinch

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Chelsea are yet to begin their business in this summer’s transfer window as they look to re-build and re-shape following the club’s poor show last campaign.

The Blue’s are likely holding off on their potential targets until the European Championships have finished, with current Italy boss Antonio Conte set to take over at the Bridge following the tournament’s end.

While there has been a number of names linked with a move to Stamford Bridge – including the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Kalidou Koulibaly – no official business has yet to be done, besides Chelsea selling or loaning a number of the clubs younger players.

This means that potentially, the Blue’s are a step behind the sides who will also be looking to challenge for the Premier League next season.

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Stay away from these!

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Chelsea have made their fair share of transfer woes over the years, and it would be more than fair to say that Roman Abramovich’s money has not always been well spent.

Notable examples of the aforementioned are Fernando Torres and Andriy Shevchenko, who cost a whopping £80m between them and failed to produce any kind of decent form for the Blues. Some more of the club’s big money flops include £24m man Shaun Wright-Phillips – who now plays for the New York Red Bulls – £18m Argentine Hernan Crespo and £16m playmaker Juan Sebastian Veron – and they’re only a small sample.

Having endured a poor season last time out – in which the Blues finished a lowly 10th position in the league – this summer is a pivotal one in ensuring the club start to push in the right direction.

Incoming manager Antonio Conte represents a beacon of hope on the bleak horizon that has been Stamford Bridge over the past 12 months, however, if the move for the current Italy manager is to work, it is vital that Chelsea get it right in the transfer window this summer.

FFC investigates FIVE mistakes the Blues cannot afford to make over the transfer period ….

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Keeper creeper

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According to reports from The Daily Mail, Chelsea have opened talks with AC Milan regarding a potential transfer for goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

The 34-year-old is a well-established goalkeeper, having enjoyed affluent spells with Villarreal and Real Madrid before moving to the San Siro in summer 2014.

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Welcome lass?

Lassana Diarra

According to beIN Sports journalist Johnny Severin, Chelsea and Manchester United have submitted transfer bids for Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra.

The France international, who missed out on a place in Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 squad through injury, is already well-known to Premier League fans from his spells with Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth.

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Take another look!

Morata

Who is Alvaro Morata?

He’s probably the most sought-after striker of the summer transfer window. After having a stand-out season at Juventus, Morata put his club in an odd situation.

Having signed for Juventus from Real Madrid, the Spanish giants were able to take advantage of a buy-back clause they had negotiated in the sale. But that’s not the end of the saga. Juventus want Morata back, as do – reportedly – a host of Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal.

So Madrid feel that they can get an astronomical fee from an English club, given the money now available in the Premier League, or else they can negotiate some sort of deal with Juventus involving Paul Pogba. Or indeed involving Chelsea and Eden Hazard.

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Hazard warning

Eden Hazard

On the surface, swapping in Alvaro Morata for Eden Hazard doesn’t sound plausible or likely.

Yet, it has been reported that this is a possibility, along with a sizeable amount of cash, of course. How likely it is remains to be seen, but sometimes there’s no smoke without fire.

It appears to be an idea that Real Madrid are floating, rather than one coming from Stamford Bridge and although it is rumoured that Antonio Conte wants both at Chelsea, he could be swayed based upon the Belgian’s lacklustre performances last season.

Morata seems to be the striker in the news at the moment, with a number of teams looking at taking him on, but once again, as with Michy Batshuayi, the Blues will be relying on the lure of a big club and Conte due to the obvious lack of European football.

Here are FIVE suggestions why the swap may be a bad idea…

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Courtois over and out?

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According to reports from The Daily Mail, Chelsea are willing to listen to offers of £60million or greater for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Despite coming under criticism on occasion last season – like many of the Blues’ underachieving stars – the Belgium international is still rated as one of the top goalkeepers in world football alongside the likes of David De Gea and Manuel Neuer.

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Five to follow

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Following the breaking news that came out this morning surrounding Michy Batshuayi’s impending Chelsea transfer, it finally looks like the Blues will start their summer spending.

With the £33m striker seemingly already in the bag, and with the rest of the summer still to come, it appears likely that Chelsea will kick on from this point and bring in a few new faces to their ailing squad.

Whilst rumours of a few players heading to London have persisted throughout the summer so far, some transfers are definitely more likely than others; so it is time to separate the fact from the fiction.

Here are FIVE stars that could follow Michuy Batayushi to Chelsea…

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Ideal addition

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This summer has been a disappointing one for Chelsea fans so far.

Given the awful season just gone, supporters were expecting the club to kick on and reorganise a squad that looked devoid of quality last season.

Instead, very little has happened. There have been no major outgoings or incomings – although that could change soon with Michy Batshuayi nearing a switch – and the club look to be treading water as they wait for Antonio Conte finish his stint with the Italian national side.

The main rumour that we have been discussing here on the FootballFanCast is Chelsea’s supposed quest to bulk up their central midfield, as they reportedly look to make a deal on Radja Nainggolan.

If recent rumours are to be believed, however, the deal looks dead in the water; with Roma digging their heels in to keep ‘The Ninja’.

This has lead Chelsea down a different path, with the Daily Mail reporting that the club are now looking at Axel Witsel as an alternative.

Whilst he is not as big of a name as Nainggolan, he certainly has all the qualities to succeed in west London.

Here are FIVE reasons why Witsel could be the ideal summer addition for Chelsea…

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Get excited!

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Breaking news revealed this morning revealed that Michy Batshuayi is on his way to Chelsea.

Marseille have reportedly accepted a bid around the £33m mark for the Belgian striker, seemingly ending the relentless speculation about the Ligue 1 hot-shot.

Relatively unknown in the UK, Batshuayi has become a recognised name in France for his exploits over the last two years.

As Chelsea fans prepare for the signing, let’s find out a little bit more about their new star striker and why Chelsea fans should look forward to his arrival

Here are FIVE reasons why Chelsea fans should be really excited by the Michy Batshuayi move…

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Giant James bid?

James Rodriguez

According to reports from El Confidential, Chelsea and Manchester City have made contact with Real Madrid regarding a potential transfer for James Rodriguez.

The Colombian international moved to the Bernabeu after claiming the Golden Boot award at the

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Luk at these 5!

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is eyeing a return former club Chelsea this summer as he seeks out the prospect of European football, according to reports.

Lukaku, who was sold to Everton in 2014 following a one-year loan spell at the club, has ignited transfer rumours after he announced he wanted to leave the club this summer following a terrific three year spell on Merseyside.

The Belgian forward has become one of the most sought after youngsters in Europe having scored 61 times in 127 appearances for Everton, including 25 during the most recent campaign.

His dazzling form has left Chelsea and Roman Abramovich kicking themselves, wondering why on earth they ever let such a talent slip through their fingers in the first place. At the time of his sale, fans were skeptical, but no one could predict the former Anderlecht striker would progress quite as quickly and spectacularly as he has.

Multiple reports suggest the Blues would have to fork out around £60m to re-secure the Everton target-man’s services, however, he could be worth every penny, and here are FIVE reasons why ….

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Prioritise these!

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Here, we look at the FIVE signings that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte needs to make to improve a misfiring Chelsea side that had a terrible season, finishing 10th and not qualifying for the Champions League qualifoication zone for the first time since 2012…

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Heads to make roll

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It is safe to say that Antonio Conte has some big decisions to make this summer.

Major changes are needed at Chelsea, not just because of the miserable performances at times last season but because of the ill-feeling in the squad that seems to have stemmed from the end of Jose Mourinho’s tenure in 2015.

There still looks to be some players at Stamford Bridge who would rather be elsewhere, and that has shown in numerous performances last season.

While there will undoubtedly be plenty of new arrivals in West London which should excite fans and ignite a new era at Chelsea, there will first need to be some departures from a squad who, at times last season, looked tired, slow, overpaid and frankly not bothered.

So here are FIVE Chelsea stars Conte should consider axing before the new season…

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