Three Transfer Targets That Chelsea Should Achieve With £200 million Transfer Budget
After a dismal 2015-16 campaign which saw them finish 10th in the league, Chelsea upturned their fortunes significantly under new boss Antonio Conte who guided them to reclaim the league throne in his first season in English football. Despite initial stumbles, the former Juventus and Azzurri boss decided to change the formation and shifted to his trademark ‘back three’ formation that has earned him plenty of success in his managerial tenure. It was no deviation this time too, as the Blues went on securing 13 consecutive league wins that helped them to regain the top spot and eventually win the Premier League title.
But the Chelsea boss is reportedly not happy with his squad has been promised a £200million transfer kitty to reconstruct the squad in order to compete with the elites of Europe on their return to the Champions League. He has started trimming his squad as star striker Diego Costa has been told to depart, Nemanja Matic is close to joining Manchester United and reunite with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. skipper John Terry’s contract has not been renewed, whereas, young guns like Nathan Ake is close to
Skipper John Terry’s contract has not been renewed, whereas young guns like Nathan Ake is close to joining Bournemouth on a permanent deal. Bertrand Traore has already completed a £8.8mil move to French heavyweights Olympic Lyon.
With so many players departing the club, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has shifted his focus to other transfer targets who are believed to strengthen the squad despite hefty transfer fees.
Probably the signing Chelsea are going to conclude next week as reports have emerged claiming that Tiemoue Bakayoko, who played a pivotal role in their Ligue1 winning campaign, has undergone a medical at Chelsea. The 22-year old French international has featured in several youth ranks for his country and also made his senior debut earlier this year.
Bakayoko can play as a defensive midfielder and is also comfortable in a central midfield role. He was a regular for Monaco last season and impressed with his consistency in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League competition. The Frenchman is a strong tackler, a great dribbler and also possesses top intercepting skills. His presence will certainly strengthen Chelsea midfield and is expected to earn a starting place in no time.
The Juventus star is in advanced talks of concluding a £61million move to Chelsea despite late interest from French giants Paris Saint-Germain. Juventus general Marotta has confirmed the interest in a recent interview for Sky Sports Italia:
“We have already received a suitable offer. We have no intention of selling anybody, but if a player decides he wants to leave, which has happened to us in recent years, then in the end they have got to leave because it is of no use to anybody to keep hold of a player against their wishes.”
Sandro is hailed for his perfectly balanced defensive duties as well as attacking flair and has performed splendidly in the left wing-back role. He will be a proper addition for Conte who is regarded for a similar philosophy and despite the scintillating form of Marcos Alonso, recruitment of Alex Sandro makes sense prior to their prestigious Champions League return.
The Belgian has been consistent in recent years with Everton, after failing to earn a starting place with the Blues. Lukaku, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, has rejected a new contract offer from Everton and has expressed his desire to re-join his former employers Chelsea, as a replacement for the out of favour Diego Costa. Although Lukaku will cost them a huge sum of money, the Blues, however, are ready to meet Everton’s asking fee and bring the forward back at Stamford Bridge.