The Blues, who ended their 2019/20 Premier League campaign with a 2-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, securing a top-four finish, are already wasting no time building a squad able to compete. for the title next season.
Head coach Frank Lampard, with the help of club transfer guru Marina Granovskaia, has already completed the signings of Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech and German international Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, the two players who have already started training with their new teammates at the Cobham club’s training base.
After spending more than a combined total of £ 80million on making deals for Ziyech and Werner, Chelsea, who will resume their Champions League campaign next month, could have been forgiven for wanting to apply the breaks from his summer recruiting campaign.
The Blues continue to be linked with a plethora of names including Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly, Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, Bayer Leverkusen sensation Kai Havertz, who is set to become the rookie of the Blues next summer. , England and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Brentford winger Said Benrahma.
The chances of Chelsea landing all six names on this list are almost impossible, but just being linked to names of such caliber is impressive.
But while Havertz, as reported by football.london, is on the verge of sealing a move to Stamford Bridge, it’s a new goalkeeper and defensive reinforcements, you might say, that Chelsea need most.
And if Lampard wants to add a new goalkeeper to his ranks this summer, Oblak seems the most logical choice, with the Slovenia international being considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
And if Chelsea could strike a deal for the Atletico shooter, who has a release clause of around £ 110million in his contract, he would most certainly get the seal of approval from former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
“Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid is the best available and would be a game changer,” Carragher wrote for The Telegraph.
“Yes, sticking to his £ 109million buyout clause is very costly, but it looks like Chelsea have the funds.
“Oblak is the closest you will find obvious to any coach in need of a goalkeeper, and given Petr Cech’s involvement in Chelsea’s technical department – and remembering the impact he has had by becoming one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings in 2004 – the club can be well informed about what a no.1 all-rounder can do.
“It’s their top priority. ”
Oblak is not the only player to have been linked with Chelsea in recent months to have garnered praise from Carragher, Dortmund star Sancho also well thought out by Sky Sports expert.
Speaking of the England winger, who is also a target for Manchester United, Carragher, last February, said: “Sancho is one of the best young players in world football right now, especially when you look at his actual stats. for Borussia Dortmund. .
“He’s an English player who I think will desperately want to come back, so I think he’s going to be the hottest thing everyone in the Premier League is looking to bring.
“Will it be a success? I think so. It’s a no-brainer, look how well he played in a top league with a top club under pressure. He plays week after week, his numbers are fantastic and his age is just perfect.
Based on Carragher’s statements, it’s safe to say that signing both Oblak and Sancho would be a massive statement of intent from Chelsea, but who would be the Blues’ strongest lineup if Granovskaia made deals for the duo?
Considering all the transfer rumors, Oblak would line up between the sticks.
In front of him there would be a full-back four, right to left, from Reece James, who is pushing Cesar Azpilicueta hard to become the first-choice right-back for Lampard, Koulibaly, Antonio Rudiger and Chilwell.
Lampard was already spoiled for choice in midfield without the addition of Ziyech, meaning the addition of Havertz would take his selection headache to a whole new level. It is likely that N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic would retain their places, with Havertz moving just ahead of them in position No.10.
On offense, Sancho’s addition would most likely see him fit into the left or right side of a forward three, with Werner in the middle and Ziyech on the other side.
Chelsea’s chances of lining up with that exact squad next season are highly unlikely, and no one is saying they will, but they have a real chance of landing at least two or three of the players included in this roster. departure.
If Chelsea were able to make deals for some of them, it would leave Lampard with plenty of options to build his bench of substitutes, including Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.
Le XI de Chelsea: Oblak; James, Koulibaly, Rudiger, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic; Havertz; Sancho, Werner, Ziyech.