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.
Liverpool have already been extremely busy making 3 signings thus far and likely to make Sadio Mane their fourth very soon, Manchester United and Jose Mourinho started their spending on £30m Eric Bailly, and Arsenal have bought in the highly rated Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Manchester City have also signed Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund, while Leicester have signed Sporting Gijon centre-back Luis Hernandez.
On the positive side, incoming names at Chelsea’s title rivals also means likely departures, and hence possible transfer targets. Here are 5 players the Blue’s could target from their rivals this summer …..
Out-of-sorts at Manchester City, Bony has had a tough time at the Etihad since his arrival from Swansea back in January 2015.
The Ivorian has been heavily criticised at City, which seems unjust given his limited amount of playing time.
While at the Swans, when confident and playing every week, Bony looked world class and was more than capable of leading the line for any top team.
He would be far more suited to Chelsea’s style of play as a Didier Drogba-esque centre forward than playing in and around the box at his current club.
The man almost every top Premier League – and even European – club wants this summer.
Kante has mad a huge name for himself over the past year with his ability to cover ground and break-up play in the middle of the park for both club and now country with France at Euro 2016.
While Leicester will certainly want to hold on to their key man in midfield, Kante would be the perfect option for Chelsea, and could become the Makelele figure they have craved over the past few years.
Mata was sold controversially by Jose Mourinho having fallen out of favour overnight at the Bridge – despite being the club’s player of the year for the previous two seasons.
The Spaniard may be less than pleased to see Mourinho now at the helm of his current club Manchester United, with the likelihood the former Valencia star is still not in the Portuguese manager’s future plans.
Chelsea fans would certainly love to see their formerly mis-treated star return to Southwest London.
Another target man who has come under scrutiny since moving to a Premier League big boy, Benteke seems set to depart Anfield after one season with the club.
His 10 goals last season was a decent return for a striker who had limited opportunities to impress, yet it is still unlikely the Belgian features in manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans for next season.
Big, strong and with a penchant for the spectacular, Benteke would be great addition.
Since 2003, Chelsea have always played with a holding midfielder in order to protect their back four, and it has been a vital part of the Blue’s defensive stability over the years.
The most recent man to fill that role has been Nemanja Matic, however after a poor season the Serb now seems set for pastures new.
With City having signed Ilkay Gundogan already, their midfield is becoming far too packed and Chelsea could capitalise by luring the under-rated Brazilian enforcer away from the Etihad.