An animated summer season lies forward for Chelsea and their supporters.
After three seasons of being unable to cement themselves as Premier League title contenders, the Blues, who will seemingly be searching for to receive the greater of Arsenal in Saturday evening’s FA Cup closing at Wembley, are pulling out all of the stops to make certain they’ll compete with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City at the summit next season.
The Blues, who introduced their 2019/20 Premier League marketing and marketing campaign to an live with a 2-0 home victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, making sure that they secured a high-four make, are already losing no time in assembling a squad in a position to competing for the title next season.
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Head coach Frank Lampard, with the help of the club’s transfer guru, Marina Granovskaia, has already carried out the signings of Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech and Germany world Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, with both gamers having already started to put in conjunction with their new teammates at the club’s Cobham practising noxious.
Having splashed out greater than a combined full of £80million on securing offers for Ziyech and Werner, Chelsea, who will resume their Champions League marketing and marketing campaign next month, would possibly also maintain been forgiven for searching for to take a study the breaks on their summer season recruitment pressure.
The Blues are continuing to be linked with a plethora of names, in conjunction with Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, Napoli centre-relief Kalidou Koulibaly, Ben Chilwell of Leicester City, Bayer Leverkusen sensation Kai Havertz, who is anticipated to vary into the Blues’ next summer season recruit, England and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Brentford winger Said Benrahma.
The possibilities of Chelsea touchdown all six names on that checklist is kind of now no longer most likely, but appropriate to be linked with names of such calibre is impressive.
However whereas Havertz, as reported by soccer.london, will seemingly be on the level of sealing a transfer to Stamford Bridge, it’s a brand new goalkeeper and defensive reinforcements, possibilities are you’ll argue, that Chelsea are most searching.
And if Lampard is to be succesful to add a brand new goalkeeper to his ranks this summer season, Oblak appears to be like basically the obvious preference, with the Slovenian world life like as as one in every of the finest goalkeepers within the sphere.
And will Chelsea have the selection to strike a deal for the Atletico shot-stopper, who has a unlock clause of spherical £110million in his contract, it would most and not using a doubt receive the seal of approval from former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
“Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak is the finest on hand and would possibly be a sport-changer,” Carragher wrote for The Telegraph.
“Sure, assembly his £109 million buyout clause is mega dear, but it appears like Chelsea maintain the funds.
“Oblak is the closest you’re going to get to a no brainer for any coach searching a keeper, and given Petr Cech’s involvement in Chelsea’s technical department – and remembering the influence he had when becoming one in every of Jose Mourinho’s first recruits in 2004 – the club would possibly also additionally be neatly educated on what a ready-made Quantity 1 would possibly make.
“That’s their biggest priority.”
Oblak is now no longer the handiest player to maintain been linked with Chelsea in recent months to maintain attracted reward from Carragher, with Dortmund neatly-known particular person Sancho additionally neatly life like by the Sky Sports activities pundit.
Speaking about the England winger, who is additionally a goal for Manchester United, Carragher, relief in February, said: “Sancho is one in every of the finest young gamers at the 2nd in world soccer, especially whenever you happen to gawk at his accurate stats for Borussia Dortmund.
“He’s an English player who I feel will seemingly be enthusiastic to attain relief, so I feel he’ll be basically the popular thing each person within the Premier League will seemingly be searching for to herald.
“Will he be winning? I feel so. It be a no brainer, gawk at how neatly he has played in a high league with a high club below tension. He is taking part in week in, week out, his numbers are amazing and his age is suitable excellent.”
Based fully fully off of Carragher’s statements, it’s safe to roar that signing both Oblak and Sancho would possibly be big statements of intent by Chelsea, but what would possibly be the Blues’ strongest line-up if Granovskaia carried out offers for the duo?
Taking all of the transfer rumours into legend, Oblak would line-up between the sticks.
Earlier than him would possibly be a relief-four, from factual to left, of Reece James, who is pushing Cesar Azpilicueta tough to vary into Lampard’s first preference factual-relief, Koulibaly, Antonio Rudiger and Chilwell.
Lampard used to be already spoilt for preference in midfield without the addition of Ziyech, which scheme the addition of Havertz would take his different headache to a full new level. It is miles seemingly that N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic would protect their locations, with Havertz working appropriate earlier than them within the No.10 place.
In assault, the addition of Sancho would presumably gawk him slot into either the left or factual facet of a entrance three, with Werner down the heart and Ziyech on the opposite facet.
The possibilities of Chelsea lining up with this accurate team next season is very now no longer going, and no one is asserting that they’ll, but they stand a real likelihood of touchdown no now no longer as a lot as two or three of the gamers included in this starting line-up.
Ought to Chelsea have the selection to pull off offers for a few of them, it would breeze away Lampard with a full host of recommendations to make up his substitutes bench, in conjunction with the likes of Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea’s XI: Oblak; James, Koulibaly, Rudiger, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic; Havertz; Sancho, Werner, Ziyech.