Chelsea have experienced a dismal campaign following their title winning 2014/15 season. Players have looked out of touch while the managerial change with Guus Hiddink has not worked that well either.
The Blues are expected to bring in Antonio Conte as their next manager before the start of next season. While Conte may have his own targets in mind, Chelsea need to keep a strong Premier League contingent to their squad.
We have often seen foreign players come and struggle in England, which Chelsea cannot afford next season when they are expected to make a comeback.
Roman Abramovich will look for the European market to buy new players, however, we have decided to take a look at three Premier League signings Chelsea must consider as they look to rebuild their squad for next season and look to regain their lost title.
John Stones (Central Defender, Everton)
Expected transfer fee – £30million, Chances of signing – 3/5
Chelsea were almost humiliated by Everton last summer and in the January transfer window when they refused to sell John Stones despite three mega offers from The Blues. Chelsea will most definitely go back for Stones this summer regardless of what Conte thinks of the English defender.
This time around, Blues might have an advantage as Stones has seen his form dip and is currently low on confidence. Chelsea must bring him to Stamford Bridge and look to establish him as one of the best defenders in Premier League for years to come.
Ross Barkley (Attacking Midfielder, Everton)
Expected transfer fee – £25million, Chances of signing – 3/5
Chelsea have really struggled to put together a strong midfield week-in-week-out with constantly shuffling between Nemanja Matic, John Obi-Mikel and Cesc Fabregas. While Ross Barkley likes to operate in advance areas, his ideal position is in a deep-lying playmaker role.
Barkley has impeccable control on the ball and has an outstanding vision. His physical strength will allow him to dominate Chelsea’s 4-2-3-1 formation next season and will allow the flair players to go on and do the business upfront.
Romelu Lukaku (Striker, Everton)
Expected transfer fee – £40million, Chances of signing – 2.5/5
As controversial as it may sound but Chelsea need their former striker to come back and rescue them out of the hole they find themselves in. Diego Costa’s future is in dark and unfortunately for The Blues, their back-up strikers are simply not good enough.
The Belgian has clearly admitted his desires to play Champions League football next season which will be the only stumbling block for Chelsea in convincing their “Baby Drogba” to return to Stamford Bridge and finish the job he was always meant to do.
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