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<b>Neven Subotic</b><br/>
While his current club Borussia Dortmund have suggested that Chelsea may well have to break the bank to secure him, Ancelotti will certainly be looking to rejuvenate his squad this summer, and a strong centre-back such as Subotic could be a good addition. A reported £20 million price tag may seem steep for the 21-year-old defender, but no doubt the German club know exactly what he's capable of.

<b>Neven Subotic</b><br/> While his current club Borussia Dortmund have suggested that Chelsea may well have to break the bank to secure him, Ancelotti will certainly be looking to rejuvenate his squad this summer, and a strong centre-back such as Subotic could be a good addition. A reported £20 million price tag may seem steep for the 21-year-old defender, but no doubt the German club know exactly what he's capable of.

&lt;b&gt;Bruno Alves&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Porto are apparently already looking for a replacement for their centre-half. The defender has stated that he is keen to pursue a career in England, and Ancelotti has focussed considerable attention on the Portugese international. With no worthy predictions on any potential fee rumours that The Blues boss is willing to 'get him at any costs' may be cause for concern for the Stamford Bridge faithful.

<b>Bruno Alves</b><br/> Porto are apparently already looking for a replacement for their centre-half. The defender has stated that he is keen to pursue a career in England, and Ancelotti has focussed considerable attention on the Portugese international. With no worthy predictions on any potential fee rumours that The Blues boss is willing to 'get him at any costs' may be cause for concern for the Stamford Bridge faithful.

&lt;b&gt;Fabio Coentrao&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Perhaps a good replacement for the outbound Ashely Cole, Fabio Coentrao has been strongly linked with a Chelsea move in recent weeks. Bayern Munich apparently got tired of Benfica's unrealistic demands for the Portugese defender, but there are rumblings a foot that Ancelotti is seeking a deal. A rumoured £30 million price tag may well scupper his plans.

<b>Fabio Coentrao</b><br/> Perhaps a good replacement for the outbound Ashely Cole, Fabio Coentrao has been strongly linked with a Chelsea move in recent weeks. Bayern Munich apparently got tired of Benfica's unrealistic demands for the Portugese defender, but there are rumblings a foot that Ancelotti is seeking a deal. A rumoured £30 million price tag may well scupper his plans.

&lt;b&gt;Bastian Schweinsteiger&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
With Bayern Munich not at all keen to release their World Cup star Chelsea may well have a hard job on their hands. The suggestion of a £25 million bid last month is yet to materialise, but Ancelotti's continued interest, willingness to splash the cash and desperate need to bolster his midfield could see the Chelsea boss persevere.

<b>Bastian Schweinsteiger</b><br/> With Bayern Munich not at all keen to release their World Cup star Chelsea may well have a hard job on their hands. The suggestion of a £25 million bid last month is yet to materialise, but Ancelotti's continued interest, willingness to splash the cash and desperate need to bolster his midfield could see the Chelsea boss persevere.

&lt;b&gt;Raul Meireles&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Strong rumours relating to an apparent £15 million bid are yet to be confirmed, but it seems likely that the Portugese international will be pulling on a blue shirt come August. The Porto star, who impressed during the World Cup, could be seen as the first stage in Ancelotti's midfield rebuilding programme following the departures of Ballack and Joe Cole.

<b>Raul Meireles</b><br/> Strong rumours relating to an apparent £15 million bid are yet to be confirmed, but it seems likely that the Portugese international will be pulling on a blue shirt come August. The Porto star, who impressed during the World Cup, could be seen as the first stage in Ancelotti's midfield rebuilding programme following the departures of Ballack and Joe Cole.

&lt;b&gt;Kaka&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
The ex-World Player of the Year has been strongly linked with Stamford Bridge, as Mourinho's recent arrival at the Bernabeu will surely result in a reasonably major turn-around of players. Chelsea boss Ancelotti has indeed revealed his intentions to sign the revered midfielder, but has acknowledged that it is unlikely Madrid would be willing to sell having only signed him little over a year ago for a reported £56 million.

<b>Kaka</b><br/> The ex-World Player of the Year has been strongly linked with Stamford Bridge, as Mourinho's recent arrival at the Bernabeu will surely result in a reasonably major turn-around of players. Chelsea boss Ancelotti has indeed revealed his intentions to sign the revered midfielder, but has acknowledged that it is unlikely Madrid would be willing to sell having only signed him little over a year ago for a reported £56 million.

&lt;b&gt;Ramires&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
News has been circulating that Chelsea have contacted Benfica with regards to the potential signing of their Brazilian midfielder; in fact Ramires' agent has even hinted as much himself. Ramires is another player you could imagine slotting in well at Stamford Bridge following the parting of Ballack and Joe Cole. The three recognised central midfielder's Ancelotti does have left, Lampard, Obi Mikel and Essien will certainly need building upon for this coming season (particularly if, as the grapevine suggests, Frank is also due to depart).

<b>Ramires</b><br/> News has been circulating that Chelsea have contacted Benfica with regards to the potential signing of their Brazilian midfielder; in fact Ramires' agent has even hinted as much himself. Ramires is another player you could imagine slotting in well at Stamford Bridge following the parting of Ballack and Joe Cole. The three recognised central midfielder's Ancelotti does have left, Lampard, Obi Mikel and Essien will certainly need building upon for this coming season (particularly if, as the grapevine suggests, Frank is also due to depart).

&lt;b&gt;Fernando Torres&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Injury concerns surrounding the Spanish striker haven't seemed to bother The Blues as Ancelotti still seems keen to secure his signature; he will in fact be hoping that El Nino's dodgy fitness might encourage Liverpool to get rid of him. While Chelsea may well use him more sparingly rumours suggest they have already opened talks, with figures hovering around the £35 million mark. Other reports say that Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is ready to fly out to meet Torres to ask him if he wants to stay or be sold.

<b>Fernando Torres</b><br/> Injury concerns surrounding the Spanish striker haven't seemed to bother The Blues as Ancelotti still seems keen to secure his signature; he will in fact be hoping that El Nino's dodgy fitness might encourage Liverpool to get rid of him. While Chelsea may well use him more sparingly rumours suggest they have already opened talks, with figures hovering around the £35 million mark. Other reports say that Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is ready to fly out to meet Torres to ask him if he wants to stay or be sold.

&lt;b&gt;Sergio Aguero&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
The mutual appreciation between the Argentinian star and Stamford Bridge has been well documented, although Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has made it very clear that he's not in the market for another striker - citing Didier Drogba's scoring record as reason enough to look at other areas of his squad. The rumour mill suggests otherwise, and a big-money move could well be on the cards for the 21-year-old Atletico Madrid man.

<b>Sergio Aguero</b><br/> The mutual appreciation between the Argentinian star and Stamford Bridge has been well documented, although Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has made it very clear that he's not in the market for another striker - citing Didier Drogba's scoring record as reason enough to look at other areas of his squad. The rumour mill suggests otherwise, and a big-money move could well be on the cards for the 21-year-old Atletico Madrid man.

&lt;b&gt;Zlatan Ibrahimovic&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Another striker rumoured to be in the frame for a Chelsea move this summer, Ibrahimovic has also been linked with Manchester City. Reports suggest Barcelona have offered both clubs the oppourtinity to talk with the player, with a figure somewhere in the region of £40 million in mind. Again this one may well be a pie in the sky idea as Chelsea are already well stocked when it comes to goal scoring prowess.

<b>Zlatan Ibrahimovic</b><br/> Another striker rumoured to be in the frame for a Chelsea move this summer, Ibrahimovic has also been linked with Manchester City. Reports suggest Barcelona have offered both clubs the oppourtinity to talk with the player, with a figure somewhere in the region of £40 million in mind. Again this one may well be a pie in the sky idea as Chelsea are already well stocked when it comes to goal scoring prowess.

<b>Neven Subotic</b><br/> While his current club Borussia Dortmund have suggested that Chelsea may well have to break the bank to secure him, Ancelotti will certainly be looking to rejuvenate his squad this summer, and a strong centre-back such as Subotic could be a good addition. A reported £20 million price tag may seem steep for the 21-year-old defender, but no doubt the German club know exactly what he's capable of.

With several players leaving The Blues this summer Carlo Ancelotti will no doubt be looking to bolster his squad with a series of high profile signings.

Here, we take a look at the major transfer rumours circulating in the press and on the internet and consider who might be turning out at Stamford Bridge next season.

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