Five Riyad Mahrez alternatives Chelsea should consider…

Antonio Conte seems desperate to steal all the stars from Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City this summer.

Having already snaffled N’golo Kante, Chelsea are keen to land Riyad Mahrez, the PFA Player of the Year, as they look to rebuild their crumbling squad after their humiliating title defence in 2015/16.

Mahrez, who Leicester will be keen to keep hold of, would be a simply brilliant signing for Chelsea. The Algerian would complement the dazzle of Eden Hazard on the left, with his own brand of superb footwork and sharp-shooting from the right wing.

If Ranieri and Leicester manage to retain their star man, Chelsea could be left scrambling around for scraps towards the end of the window once again. With the fresh memories of Michael Hector last summer, Chelsea will hopefully plan ahead.

Who could Conte sign instead of Mahrez? Should he look to Spain? Should he send some scouts to Ligue 1?

Isco

Isco

Isco’s career has sadly stagnated a little since he arrived at Real Madrid. Seldom used in his best 10 role, Isco has had to settle for covering in the right-midfield role when Gareth Bale has been injured.

His talent is still there for all to see, as he bursts past players with ease, but there seems to be little chance of Isco ever becoming the main star at Real Madrid. The arrival of James Rodriguez has further pushed Isco down the pecking order and it might finally be time for him to make his move out of Spain.

Chelsea would have to shell out a fair amount for the Spaniard, although he would be a brilliant player to take on the wide creative role from the right.

Arda Turan

Arda Turan

Following Barcelona’s transfer embargo, Arda Turan had to weight over six months to make his debut for the club and looks unlikely to ever make his mark at the Camp Nou.

The Turkish attacking midfielder is most natural playing from the right hand side, possessing the sort of aggressive game that seems perfectly suited to an Antonio Conte side.

His year away from first team action makes it a gamble for any club considering a move for Turan.

Leroy Sane

Sane

Unlike Turan, Sane is on his way up.

The young Schalke winger is one of Europe’s quickest players at the moment and a huge threat cutting inside from the wing. The German regularly contributed goals from either wing last season, giving Conte flexibility.

He might not be the finished, polished article just yet, but the opportunity to snipe a player of Sane’s exceptional potential from under the noses of Manchester City might be too good to miss for Chelsea.

Hakan Calhanoglu

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Other than being renowned for his sensational free-kicks, Bayer Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu is one of the most gifted young attacking midfielders in Europe.

With an eye for a pass and a brilliant right-footed cross in his armoury, Calhanoglu would add some guile to Chelsea’s occasionally blunt attacking line-up.

Lucas Moura

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Having started very slowly at Paris Saint Germain, Lucas Moura has become a mainstay of the team.

Using his sensational pace down the right-wing to stretch the game and allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic more room centrally, the Brazilian might just consider a move now that there is a change of regime at the club. Unai Emery has already brought in Hatem Ben Arfa and competition for places is likely to heat up further.

With a manager who demands such intensity, like Antonio Conte, Moura could be a real asset as Chelsea look to transition quickly.

 


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