Potential Consequences: Chelsea signing Kasper Schmeichel

Chelsea are in need of an overhaul after yet another exceptionally poor title defence which saw them drop into the Europa League.

The dithering over the future of Antonio Conte – brought about by the unexpected FA Cup final victory and issues regarding his compensation package – has put the brakes on transfer dealings.

In a summer where getting in new recruits has been even more complicated by the World Cup and the earlier transfer deadline, that is less than ideal.

Nevertheless, reports have linked the Blues with a swoop for World Cup hero Kasper Schmeichel and we’ve decided to take a closer look at the potential consequences of any deal that could bring the Leicester goalkeeper to Stamford Bridge…

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Thibaut Courtois leaves the club

Courtois did not enjoy the best of seasons at Stamford Bridge last season and even lost his spot to the ageing Willy Caballero at points.

He has flirted with the idea of joining Real Madrid and a season in the Europa League is unlikely to appeal to the Belgian international, who is not short on confidence in himself.

Bringing in Schmeichel would surely pave the way for Courtois to depart the club and being an upgrade on Keylor Navas at the Champions League winners looks the most likely option.

Harry Maguire follows him to Chelsea

Although purchasing a player on the basis of the World Cup is a dangerous game, Harry Maguire’s performances out in Russia have been indicative of a man who deserves a big move.

Seeing his club team-mate join Chelsea may convince him to follow suit, even though the club is not in the Champions League for the coming season.

This World Cup must have convinced Maguire that he can cut it at the very top level and with David Luiz out of favour and Gary Cahill ageing, buying a centre-half wouldn’t be the worst idea.

Embarrassing slumps are a thing of the past

Thibaout Courtois looks dejected after Chelsea defeat

Chelsea’s worrying slumps after scaling the Premier League mountain hint at a weak mentality in the dressing room and Courtois is among the worst offenders.

The Blues also need leaders since their spine of John Terry, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Frank Lampard was dismantled and Schmeichel is a no-nonsense character who takes after his dad in demanding the best from his team-mates.

The oscillations in performance need to become a thing of the past at Stamford Bridge and replacing Courtois with Schmeichel would be a step in the right direction on that score.