Antonio Conte and Chelsea have enjoyed a successful transfer window this summer.
While Manchester United have grabbed most of the headlines, for understandable reasons, Chelsea have quietly gone about bolstering their squad for the season ahead.
Belgian international Michy Batshuayi will be a more than able understudy to Diego Costa, something Chelsea badly missed last season. In addition to this, acquiring the services of N’Golo Kante for £30 million looks to be one of the best value moves of the summer.
However, according to The Telegraph, Conte does not intend on stopping there and wants to sign a further four players before the season begins.
As has been widely reported, Chelsea have made numerous approaches to Real Madrid to attain the services of Alvaro Morata, although the clubs are struggling to agree on an appropriate fee.
Thus, Chelsea’s attention has been turned the way of Romelu Lukaku. However, Everton insist that the striker would cost Chelsea £75 million, and it would also rob Chelsea fans of bragging rights over their Manchester United equivalents. United acquiring Paul Pogba for £86 million seems scandalous given he was formerly a Manchester United player. Parting with £75 million to sign former Chelsea player Lukaku would probably be even more ridiculous.
Chelsea’s defence is another area scheduled for a revamp. Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Roma’s Kostas Manolas are thought to be the London club’s prime targets, although both sides are hesitant to part ways with the player in question and are quoting fees which Chelsea could take issue with.
So, it’s no surprise that Chelsea have opened up negotiations with Benfica. They have offered the Blues Victor Lindelof for £25 million, and should either of the other defensive deals fall through he appears a capable replacement. The Swedish international has been thoroughly impressive for the Portugal giants and can play as a right-back, centrally or as a holding midfielder.
A back up goalkeeper is the final area Conte appears concerned about. Doubts linger over Asmir Begovic’s future at the club and so reinforcements for Belgian shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois are needed. As such, Chelsea have turned their attentions to AC Milan and Diego Lopez. No fee has yet been muted, and it’s unclear whether the Spaniard would be willing to come to a club where he would have no prospect of first team football in the biggest games.
However, Lopez is certainly of the quality Chelsea would require for a reserve goalkeeper and the London giants are undoubtedly in the habit of making transfers financially lucrative for the player involved, given the salary that would presumably be on offer.
Chelsea’s pre-season has begun quite sluggishly but picked up drastically following their 8-0 drubbing of Atus Ferlach. Having been slow to make their first signing, Chelsea’s transfer market activity will be said to have taken a similar trajectory if some of the players mentioned above don the Chelsea blue next season.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena