New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has not made wholesale changes to the Chelsea squad he inherited this summer after joining the Blues from the Italian national team, but he has strengthened well with the acquisition of two world class players.
The first signing the former Italy boss made was striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille who cost the club £33.2 million. The Belgium forward scored 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season and is expected to be suited to the physical demands of the Premier League.
Conte also splashed out over £30 million on N’Golo Kante from Leicester. The Frenchman played a key role in helping the Foxes win the title last season so should be a great signing for the Blues as they look to regain their Premier League crown in a market where they are 11-2 with Betway.
Here are five players who could also join the club before the window shuts later this month:
Kalidou Koulibaly – Napoli
Napoli defender Koulibaly is likely to leave his Italian side this summer and there are a number of clubs chasing the Senegal international who could £50 million before he leaves Serie A.
Conte will be very keen to add another defender to his squad given the injury to Kurt Zouma, while John Terry is now into his final season at the club and at the age of 35 may not be able to play a full season.
Romelu Lukaku – Everton
Jose Mourinho allowed Lukaku to leave Chelsea for Everton back in the summer of 2014 but it now looks like the Belgium striker could be set for a return to Stamford Bridge. Since leaving the Blues, the 23-year old has developed into one of the top strikers in the Premier League.
Lukaku is thought to be keen on a move away from Goodison Park however, Arsenal are also in the hunt to add the striker to their ranks before the transfer window shuts later this month.
The Everton forward scored 25 goals in all competitions last season, his best tally to date since moving to England from Anderlecht in 2011.
Blaise Matuidi – PSG
Matuidi missed PSG’s recent 4-1 victory over Lyon fuelling speculation that the Frenchman could be leaving the Ligue 1 champions this summer.
If Chelsea do manage to get this transfer over the line it could cost them over £40 million for one of Europe’s leading midfielders.
The 29-year old played a key role in helping France reach the final of Euro 2016, while he has a wealth of experience of playing Champions League football with PSG.
Shkodran Mustafi – Valencia
German international Mustafi started his career in England with Everton, but he failed to make a single appearance for the Toffees in the Premier League.
The German made his mark in Italy with Sampdoria before moving to Spain to join Valencia. His performances for the Spanish club earned him a spot at the 2014 World Cup which he won which Germany.
Mustafi would likely walk straight into Conte’s starting XI if the Chelsea boss can get beat his rivals for the signature of the German.
Simone Zaza – Juventus
Zaza is a player Conte knows very well given he has managed the striker with the Italian national team and a deal could be done with Juve including Nemanja Matic who may head in the opposite direction to Zaza.
Juventus have recently sold Paul Pogba to Manchester United and see Matic as an ideal replacement and they may be happy to let go of Zaza to make that deal happen.