It Chelsea are going to make a real go of things when defending their Premier League title, many of the Blues in the bar of the Transfer Tavern believe their early summer business to be key.
With their last defence proving to be such an abject failure following a poor summer of recruitment, whoever Antonio Conte targets over the next few months will play a huge role in the Italian’s standing on these shores.
Popular as he is now, there’s little doubt the lack of Champions League football helped his cause this season. The dual challenge of competing in competitions both home and abroad will invariably represent a new challenge, so his transfer targets are of the utmost importance.
So, recent links with a move for Spurs star Kyle Walker should be ignored.
While the idea of stealing one of your biggest rivals’ best players is obviously a tempting one, the £40m fee touted in the press would make it a strange deal for Chelsea.
The Blues are undoubtedly one of the financial powerhouses in world football, though they have capped their spending in recent seasons and an imminent stadium move will clearly have an impact.
So, splashing what would be a world record sum for a full-back on Kyle Walker doesn’t make sense. Victor Moses has shown how wing-backs can be moulded from powerful wingers not trusted to start in attacking berths, while the excellent Cesar Azpilicueta can also operate in that role.
Elsewhere, it’s not hard to imagine the likes of Nathan Ake or the burgeoning Ola Ania impressing in that berth, so a move for Walker would be an expensive mistake.