The unrest over Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea might be resolved soon as reports suggest that the Blues are close to announcing Maurizio Sarri as their new manager for the next season. The former Napoli boss will now look to add some quality to his team, even as Chelsea continue to scout for some exciting names.
But one such player that they might now miss out on is Jean Michael Seri. The Ivory Coast international has a release clause of just £35m and the likes of Arsenal and Napoli are interested in his services. However, reports now suggest that Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham United is leading the race for his signature. So how can Chelsea replace Seri in their wish list? Here are three players the Blues should look to sign this summer if they miss out on the Nice midfielder:
Lorenzo Pellegrini (AS Roma):
A transfer target for the Blues even in January, Pellegrini has slowly established himself as one of the most exciting stars in Serie A at the moment. He is still 22 and wanted by the likes of Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester United but is currently settled at Roma.
However, a move to Chelsea will be a step up in his career and to play under a name like Maurizio Sarri will also be attractive to him. He has a release clause of £26m, which should not be a problem for the Blues. So if they fail to land Seri, Pellegrini is as good an option as any.
Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow):
The star of the Russian national side in the World Cup at the moment, Golovin has been in sensational form for club and country for over a year now. He is still 22 and his outings in Russia is certain to see him attract a lot of interest in the transfer market this summer. Reports suggest that the Russian giants are ready to let him leave for just €25m, and at that price, Chelsea should definitely make a move for Golovin this summer.
Piotr Zielinski (Napoli):
A long-term transfer target for a number of clubs in England, Zielinski is now lighting up the World Cup. His side may be struggling to get a grip on the points table but the 24-year old was probably the best player for the Polish national side in the FIFA World Cup so far. He was also a mainstay in Napoli’s side under Sarri, who is set for a move to Chelsea. So Sarri should do what it takes to bring Zielinski to Stamford Bridge, along with him this summer.