9 players who Chelsea could realistically sign this summer
4. Edinson Cavani (PSG)
- In 2016/17, Edinson Cavani scored eight goals in eight Champions League appearances
Cavani was finally able to step out of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shadow last season, taking advantage of the Swede’s switch to Manchester United by scoring 35 league goals in his favoured No.9 position.
However the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (or another big-name striker) in Paris could see the Uruguayan transported back to stage one. Rather than return to the flank, he may simply choose to seek a move elsewhere, despite signing a three-year extension earlier this year.
Not everyone is convinced by Cavani, but his scoring record is impressive and he has the right attributes to thrive in the Premier League. With Diego Costa confirming on Wednesday that he's heading for the exit, Chelsea could do far worse than snapping up the ex-Napoli frontman.
5. Alban Lafont (Toulouse)
After spending most of his time at Chelsea sitting on the bench, Asmir Begovic decided enough was enough and joined Bournemouth last month. That leaves the Blues in need of a new back-up goalkeeper – 34-year-old Eduardo probably won’t be entrusted with the role – and rather than plumping for an uninspiring journeyman, Chelsea should look for an up-and-coming custodian who could one day inherit the No.1 jersey.
Convincing teenage sensation Lafont to play understudy might be a hard sell, with the teenager presumably keen to play on a weekly basis (he’s already made 62 first-team appearances for Toulouse, after all).
The 18-year-old could be persuaded, though, particularly as the vast majority of goalkeepers his age aren’t afforded a regular starting spot. Learning alongside Thibaut Courtois wouldn’t exactly be bad for his development, either.
6. Andrea Belotti (Torino)
Fabio Capello even reckons Belotti will be better than Gabriel Batistuta
Romelu Lukaku has been heavily linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, but Belotti would arguably be an even better acquisition this summer. The Torino striker scored 26 league goals in 2016/17, while he even found the time to chip in with seven assists for a mid-ranking Serie A side.
A thoroughly modern centre-forward, Belotti can hold the ball up, run in behind and score with any part of his body. Fabio Capello even reckons he’ll be better than Gabriel Batistuta. Erm, no pressure then Andrea.