Having finally managed to land Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea are now facing a race against time to lure top transfer targets to Stamford Bridge this summer. They have less than two weeks of the window left and a number of deals are expected to be completed in this time at SW6.
The Italian manager has a recruitment model and has started scouting for a fair number of players. However, Chelsea have long-term transfer targets, who they would like to bring in this summer, and one such player, they have missed out on, is Russian international Aleksandr Golovin.
After an impressive World Cup in his home country, a number of Premier League clubs were reportedly interested in his services but Chelsea have been constantly linked with a move for the playmaker. However, in the end, he joined Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco this summer.
Here are three such players the Blues can look to target this summer:
Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon):
The 21-year old French midfielder has truly made a name for himself with an impressive campaign for Lyon, on loan from Amiens, securing a permanent move just this summer. However, he continues to attract interest from top clubs in Europe. Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Ndombele but Chelsea should definitely give him a shot. He is a gifted player, whose creativity could be crucial for Sarri’s system to work at Stamford Bridge next season.
The German international was once tagged as the future of the midfield for the national side but his attitude saw Schalke terminate his contract a month before the end of the previous campaign. He is not without a club and has been offered to the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, both of whom have rejected the chance to sign him. However, at 22, he remains a potential superstar and can be a decent alternative for Golovin.
The 22-year old midfielder was crucial member for Crystal Palace as he helped them avoid the drop last season and was rewarded with a place in the national side at Russia by Gareth Southgate. He has the potential to be a real playmaker for Chelsea in the long run and if they do miss out on Golovin, Sarri should give Loftus-Cheek at least a chance to prove himself next season. He will save loads of money, that can be spent on other areas of the squad.
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