Are Chelsea set to take summer transfer market by storm by spending £244 million on just three players?

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…

Neymar 

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.

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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

Radja Nainggolan

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.

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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

Alvaro Morata

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.

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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?

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Would this £50m striker answer Manchester United’s goalscoring problems?

Manchester United‘s goalscoring problems have been well documented by pundits and fans alike throughout this season. The summer transfer window is fast approaching and there have already been plenty of players linked to United.

According to Tuttosport.com, Alvaro Morata is a striker Manchester United are looking into. Any sale of the 23-year-old Spaniard would not come through Juventus directly. Tuttosport highlight United would be prepared to offer a figure around £50 million for the forward.

Morata has a buy-back clause of £24 million from his former club Real Madrid, who could well be tempted into resigning their former man to sell on to potential suitors for profit.

If United are interested in signing Morata as the reports state, Madrid would potentially stand to make a whopping £26 million if they were to exercise their right to buy him back from Juventus.

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But is he the right man to lead Manchester United’s frontline? Lets have a look at his statistics.

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Morata 2015/16 league stats compared to Martial, Rooney and Rashford

As we can see, Morata made the most appearances in his domestic league compared to the three United strikers in question above. However, the only area he outperformed any of them was in assists.

Anthony Martial scored the most of the strikers compared with 11 goals coming in three less appearances than the Juve man. Marcus Rashford had the highest shot accuracy, though this is unsurprising given his substantially lower amount of games played. Wayne Rooney had the highest pass accuracy and created more chances than the other three strikers listed.

Manchester United’s Martial had the highest direct involvement with goals for his side, combining with his assists to tally at 15. Morata and Rooney came in joint second, with 14 each and Rashford had the lowest output with seven.

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It is worth mentioning that these comparisons are only an indication of the output all four of the strikers in question, though it is difficult to make an exact comparison given the differing number of appearances.

With the stats presented in mind it would be hard to make a case for United to spend anywhere near £50 million on the Juventus forward and there would more than likely be a number of other candidates whose comparable statistics would provide a better option for the club this summer.

Morata’s strike rate is one goal in every 4.85 games, which in comparison to Rooney – who has had his fair share of critics this season despite an injury-stricken campaign – is worse, as the United captain has averaged a goal in every 3.5 games.

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Martial and Rashford have had far less criticism than Rooney and their statistics better both Rooney and Morata’s. Martial is averaging a goal every 2.8 games, while Rashford’s output is one in every 2.2 outings.

It is clear from the United strikers in question that the squad needs an out-and-out goalscorer in this window. This would take some of the pressure off of the young shoulders of Martial and Rashford but would also give them another quality teammate to learn from.

Given these statistics Morata doesn’t look the right option for United, but as we all know, stats don’t tell the full story in football.

Would Manchester United be wrong to make a move for Morata? Who should they be going after in the summer transfer window?