The arrival of Maurizio Sarri has given Chelsea supporters a fresh sense of optimism ahead of the new season after months of uncertainty regarding Antonio Conte’s future, but the new man still has plenty of work to do before the season gets underway if he wishes to take the Blues back into the top-four.
Sarri’s first task at Chelsea was to bring Jorginho to Stamford Bridge following months of intense speculation which made a move to Manchester City appear inevitable, and his first move into the market has certainly given the club a huge boost ahead of the new season. But following a season in which Chelsea significantly declined and Manchester City imperiously dominated at the summit of the Premier League, Sarri cannot afford to rest on his laurels in the transfer market.
With rumours circulating regarding a handful of Chelsea’s most indispensable players, he will need to convince the likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois to stay at Stamford Bridge for at least one more season, whilst also pursuing the signatures of at least two key targets in the transfer market.
Sarri’s task certainly won’t be simple due to certain circumstances which are out of his hands, but if Abramovich is willing to back him with a handful of internal and external deals, he should be in a promising position to usher in a new era of success in West London.
With that in mind, here’s what Chelsea’s dream end to the transfer window could look like…