Riyad Mahrez has been linked with a move away from Leicester all summer along, and just as rumours were beginning to slow down; yet another curveball was thrown our way.
Arsenal have reportedly been keen to land the midfielder’s signature, but it appears that another London side are winning the race for the playmaker, after pictures emerged of Mahrez staying in the Chelsea Harbour Hotel – which is just a stone’s throw away from Stamford Bridge.
Whilst Chelsea are reportedly keen on Mahrez, reports had pointed the side towards a host of other more important signings before looking towards the Leicester star.
If we assume that the Mahrez deal is going to go ahead, what about all of the other players that Chelsea are reportedly chasing?
Well, you would think that they will just come afterwards…
With that, here are THREE players that could follow Riyad Mahrez to Chelsea…
Chelsea have been linked with Lukaku throughout the summer, and whilst Everton are reportedly holding firm, the deal is still very much in the pipeline.
With Diego Costa still reportedly keen on an exit from the club this summer, and Michy Batshuayi still yet to open his account for the Blues, Antonio Conte is reportedly concerned about his lack of firepower as he looks to fire Chelsea back up the Premier League table next season.
This deal has all the makings of a deadline day deal, with Everton reportedly holding out for up to £70 million, a fee that Chelsea will likely refuse to pay.
This looks set to become THE story over the next few weeks, with Chelsea refusing to give up on re-signing the prolific front man.
Another player that Chelsea are keen to bring in is Kalidou Koulibaly.
Like Everton, Napoli are digging their heels in over the deal, and are refusing to let their star defender leave the club this summer.
Chelsea have reportedly had a few bids rejected for the Napoli man; but the rumours have persisted for weeks and show no signs of stopping.
Koulibaly is the man Chelsea want to bring in to tighten up their defence, and it would take a brave man to bet against them picking him up before the summer is out.
Less of a proven name in Europe, Brazilian starlet Gabriel Barbosa is a player that Chelsea are also reportedly chasing.
The Santos striker has drawn parallels with Neymar, and like the Barcelona man, Chelsea are reportedly keen to pull out all the stops to get him on the plane to London.
This one is more of a transfer for the future; but if you believe what you see on YouTube, Barbosa looks a real talent.
Concrete news on this one is hard to come by, all we do know is that Chelsea are interested in the forward.
Could it happen? Who knows…