Chelsea look destined to win their fifth Premier League title but preparations for moulding next season’s squad will already be underway. Retaining silverware gets more and more difficult with each passing year becoming even more competitive at the top of the Premier League. These three players would require Roman Abramovich to provide Antonio Conte with a war chest of funds but would no doubt make the Chelsea squad one of, if not, the strongest in European football…
The Brazilian superstar is already one of the best players in world football and is making huge strides to potentially becoming the best to ever play the game. At just 25 he has won just about everything that has been on offer to him at club level and racked up and astonishing 500 career appearances.
Abramovich is reported to have made a world-record offer for the Barcelona winger but a move to Chelsea would be a huge surprise considering he signed a new contact in October last year to keep him at FCB until 2021. His buyout clause is a staggering £180 million, which will eventually rise to £225 million. This means Chelsea would have to nearly double the current world-record fee to make a deal happen this summer.
Verdict: Unlikely to join – 4/10
The Roma midfielder has been a standout performer this season. He has attracted interest from football fans across Europe with some of his sensational long-range strikes as well as his ability to drive the team forward. Antonio Conte wanted the Belgian at Chelsea last summer but a deal failed to materialise.
Roma look set to finish second in Serie A this season and it will be another year in which Nainggolan will have failed to land any major silverware. He could well be tempted by a move to Chelsea to be part of a squad that are continuing to make history in English football. His transfer value according to transfermarkt is just £30m, although Chelsea would surely have to offer more than that to force Roma to sell their key player.
Verdict: A deal could happen – 7/10
The Real Madrid striker has seen his first team opportunities limited this season. Los Blancos have so many attacking options at their disposal and Morata is one of many players who has been rotated. The future of Diego Costa still remains uncertain and if he was to leave Chelsea this summer Morata would be a candidate capable of replacing him to lead the line.
Conte has history with Morata after convincing him to join Juventus back in 2014 and has reportedly been in touch with the Spaniard during the last two transfer windows. A deal would cost Chelsea anywhere upwards of his £34m value, again according to transfermarkt, but the Blues certainly have the financial power to make a move possible.
Verdict: A transfer that is likely to happen if Costa leaves – 7/10
Chelsea are expected to busy in the summer transfer window and will have to strengthen their squad to be able to deal with the return of European football next season and keep pace with their rivals who will also improve their squads over the coming months.
Will Chelsea sign any of these three players? Are they likely to attempt to lure Neymar from Barca?