Published 23/06/2011 | 00:19
Having signed up reserve keeper Hilario to a new deal, goalkeepers don't appear to be a necessity for Chelsea, yet they could do with some additions in defence. One option may be Uruguayan central defender Diego Godin, who was recently quoted saying he was "honoured" by the interest shown in him by the Blues. Godin, who was part of the Uruguay team that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, claims he was the subject of a bid from the Blues in January but Atletico but a stop to the move.
Gregory van der Wiel
With Jose Boswinga set to leave Chelsea sooner rather than later, a new right-back will be a priority for any new manager. Gregory van der Wiel of Ajax has been on Chelsea's radar for some time and a move could now be on. Fellow suitors Bayern Munich have reportedly dropped their interest in recent weeks. A fee of around £9m has been touted for the Dutch World Cup finalist.
Italian press reports claim Juventus defender Bonucci is being tracked by Chelsea and Manchester City. It's alleged that both clubs have sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old, who was highly impressive last season in a tight defence. Chelsea will face competition from fellow Premier League sides and Serie A outfits for the 6ft 2in centre-half who has apparently failed to settle sine moving to Turin last year.
Modric was arguably Tottenham's best player last season, despite the eye-catching displays of Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale. As such, the Croation has found himself strongly linked with a big-money move elsewhere, most notably Chelsea and Manchester United. Tottenham are adament their play-maker is going nowhere although they will be tested. Chelsea have offered £22m, which has been turned down. They are expected to return with an improved bid, with rumours of a fee plus Didier Drogba offer that could turn Tottenham's heads. Meanwhile reports claim Chelsea are willing to treble Modric's current wages, which will likely turn the 25-year-old's head too.
Another player to have been linked with both United and Chelsea is Dutch superstar Sneijder. There have been claims he wants to move on from Inter Milan and others that say he is committed to the Italian giants. Other rumours say he has his heart set on a move to United and other's suggest his preference is a switch to London. It's all very confusing, but it would appear Chelsea will be in any hunt should the 27-year-old become available, with a fee of around £30m needing to change hands for any agreement to be reached.
A back-up plan in the play-making department could be Real Madrid's fallen superstar Kaka. Ever since the Brazilian switched Milan for Madrid, his career has failed to reach the highs that once saw him heralded as the greatest player in the world. Chelsea owner Abramovich is known to be a long-term admirer but a big fee will be necessary for the 29-year-old considering Real paid over £50m for him. Unlikely to materialise.
A somewhat rougher stone than the polished professionals mentioned so far in the midfield department could come in the form of Rodwell. The Everton and England under-21 international has been on the radar of the top teams for some time. It now remains to be seen if any team, including Chelsea, will be willing to stump up the £20m thought necessary to convince Everton to sell. Rodwell has the ability to play at the back as well as midfield.
It would appear that at the top of Chelsea's transfer list is Brazilian wonderkid Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior. The Blues have been trying to secure the 19-year-old's services for the past few transfer windows and appear determined to reach an agreement with his club side Santos this summer. The striker has been banging in the goals in the Brazilian league since making his debut at the age of 17, and has quickly shown he can score at the highest level having become a regular for the national team.
Another youngster interesting Chelsea is Anderlecht striker Lukaku. And like Neymar, Lukaku has already broken into the national team, in his case the Belgain one. Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck expects a deal to happen as the Belgian club plan for the future: "Sure he will leave, and his departure is crucial to our transfers," he was quoted. The 18-year-old claims to only be focused on his exams rather than an imminent switch to Chelsea.
The future of Argentina striker Tevez remains uncertain, and with it, a switch to Chelsea remains a possibility. The Manchester City striker plans to return to Argentina in a couple of years but before then wants to further his career in Europe. He may feel that's possible at City, but Chelsea could also be an option, with rumours that Abramovich is willing to splash £40m on the prolific forward.
Chelsea endured a poor season (by Roman Abramovich's standards), finishing second in the league and being comfortably beaten by Manchester United in the Champions League. Manager Carlo Ancelotti paid the price.
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A few new faces are expected on the playing side of things as Abramovich looks to freshen up his side.
Here, we take a look at the players that have been persistently linked in the press and online with a switch to Stamford Bridge this summer.