It’s only natural that Chelsea are strong churners in the proverbial rumour mill after such a nightmare defence of their title and a new manager on the way.
Though the Blues boast one of the best squads in the league, a major overhaul is widely expected following their complete capitulation ever since their coronation as Premier League champions almost a year ago.
With Manchester City landing the Holy Grail that is Pep Guardiola this summer, the Blues must act fast in order to not be left too far behind.
They can manage to attract top talent this year even without the allure of Champions League football, though much longer without entry to the continent’s elite competition will surely have adverse effects on player recruitment.
Naturally, most of the rumours have a particularly Italian flavour to them as their manager boasts a broad knowledge of the area.
However, it would be silly to suggest Antonio Conte and his staff are not casting their eyes further than Serie A.
Southampton’s Fraser Forster has been linked with a move to West London should ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois leave for Real Madrid, in a move that could revitalise a department left reeling from the absence of Petr Cech last year.
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