Believe it or not Chelsea’s current record for a fee paid for a player is still £50m lashed out for the signing of Fernando Torres. Obviously that turned out to be a pretty poor piece of business, but given the current climate in the transfer market, who’s to say that record will stay intact for much longer at the Stamford Bridge club.
The Blues go in to a new era for 2016/17 with the current Italy national coach Antonio Conte set to make his Premier League bow. What he finds in west London remains to be seen with some players having question marks over their future, so the general feeling, then, is that there’s going to be quite a few ins and outs before the summer transfer window shuts.
Conte will no doubt want to bring in his players has Chelsea try to restore some pride next season but without Champions League football to attract acquisitions they may have to break the bank to get some new faces. This in mind FootballFanCast brings you FIVE players Chelsea could smash their transfer record for this summer…
Pogba became one of the finest midfielders in world football with Conte as his boss and the Blues would like to think he’d go up another gear as he enters his prime. Given this factor though he’d come at an absolute premium and the fact Juventus will be playing Champions League football next season ensures any bid the Blues make would have to be astronomical.
Griezmann is one of the hottest properties in Europe right now and is only set to get better. Whether that is with Atletico remains to be seen as the Madrid side cannot compete financially with some of the richest clubs in Europe. Nevertheless Atleti are one of the best teams around and you can’t argue with their results this year. A Champions League win would probably kill an potential deal here, but if Atleti fall short perhaps the Blues will offer a big amount and throw in Diego Costa for good measure.
The Lukaku return rumours have been around for some time given his goalscoring prowess, but this season they’ve gone up some notches. Lukaku has been flying this season for Everton, in stark contrast to his team’s fortunes and showed Chelsea exactly what they were missing in the FA Cup quarter final at Goodison Park. Everton will be desperate to keep the Belgian as they look to regroup, however, and it may take a big offer to get things going given their new financial clout.
Another central midfielder from Serie A, the Belgian might not boast Pogba’s fee but would surely eclipse the one spent on Torres. The Roma man is a dynamic player who gets about the pitch with ease and looking at Chelsea’s squad, they don’t really have anyone that has this talent. Nainggolan is combative and mobile and would be an absolute hit in the Premier League for Chelsea.
Pjanic is an exciting player who gets linked with a whole host of clubs seemingly every year. The Bosnia international plays for Roma and would add the guile the Blues have been missing for most of this season to get them heading back up the table. The team from the Italian capital have Champions League football to offer though and so Chelsea can expect to be held to ransom.