9 players who Chelsea could realistically sign this summer
1. Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig)
Leipzig have made clear their intention to keep hold of their star men ahead of next season’s Champions League campaign, but a hefty bid on the table could make things very different indeed.
- Emil Forsberg recorded seven more assists than any other Bundesliga player in 2016/17
Forsberg is one of the players they would be most loath to lose, with the attacking midfielder scoring eight goals and registering a remarkable 19 assists in the club’s debut Bundesliga campaign.
Adept both out wide and in a central position, the talented Sweden international has an eye for a pass and can contribute off the ball, too. Perfect for what Conte expects from his attacking players.
2. Elseid Hysaj (Napoli)
Victor Moses came in from the cold in spectacular fashion last year, when he played a starring role in Chelsea’s success after being refashioned as a right wing-back. Despite his fine showings in a previously unfamiliar role, it remains to be seen whether Antonio Conte will trust the Nigerian to the same extent in 2017/18, with the Blues set to be battling on multiple fronts.
If the Blues boss feels he needs other options, Hysaj would be an excellent addition to the ranks. He’s athletic, positionally aware and accomplished with the ball at his feet. Just 23, the Albanian’s best years are still ahead of him.
3. Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco)
One of the most intriguing plot lines of the summer concerns Monaco, and specifically whether they will be able to keep a talented young side together after last season’s Ligue 1 title triumph.
Bernardo Silva has already departed for Manchester City and the 22-year-old Bakayoko could soon follow him to England, with Chelsea and Manchester United supposedly interested.
A midfield duo of the France international and his compatriot N’Golo Kante would be formidable, if lacking a little subtlety in possession. If Conte wishes to continue with the 3-4-2-1 formation, though, another energetic and dynamic player in the centre of the park wouldn’t go amiss.