Even as the title-defending manager, Jose Mourinho will know that making no changes to his squad will spell danger for Chelsea Football Club. Constantly adding valuable and exceptional players is key to being a dynamic club and as such Mourinho should have some prime players lined up to join the London side. Here's 7 of the very best that could join Chelsea.
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Honourable Mention - Radamel Falcao
He had a shocker of a season at Manchester United but Chelsea of all teams know just how good he can be, harking back to the 2012 Europa League final when the Colombian striker kicked a stunning hat trick to seal the trophy for Atletico Madrid. Since injuring his knee before the World Cup however, Falcao has fallen off the pace completely and now needs a fresh start away from United and AS Monaco. Chelsea looms as an unlikely destination but with the departure of Drogba, anything is possible.
6. Antoine Griezmann
A very unlikely pick-up for Chelsea in more ways than one but Griezmann would be an outstanding transfer if it did happen. He only signed for Atletico Madrid last season however, for £24m, and therefore would cost a substantial amount more for Chelsea to sign him, considering his great start to life in Madrid. Moreover, his left wing would already be taken by Eden Hazard, forcing one of them to move - which is itself unlikely. Griezmann would be an unlikely target, but a good one nonetheless.
Expected Price - £30-40 million
5. Ricardo Rodriguez
Another signing that Chelsea probably don't necessarily 'need', considering the sterling form of their full backs Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta, but the fact of the matter is Chelsea lack a young, exciting full back for the future and really need another Ashley Cole. Ivanovic isn't getting any younger, or skilled, and with Azpilicueta being a natural right back this could mean a move for one of the world's best young left backs in Ricardo Rodriguez. He's believed to have a release fee clause of around the £23m mark which is a fair valuation of a rising star at Wolfsburg. Not very likely but again, like Griezmann, would be class.
Expected Price - £20-25 million
Rodriguez has earned his keep with quality form for Wolfsburg
4. Asmir Begovic
Petr Cech is all but gone, with the Chelsea legend reportedly miffed at his lack of gametime last season, and in the best interest of both him and the club it's probably best he left. This, along with the January departure of Mark Schwarzer, leaves a hole on the bench to be potentially filled by Stoke's Asmir Begovic. The underrated Bosnian has had a few good seasons with the Potters and probably deserves more than a reserved seat on the Stamford Bridge bench, but a spot in a title winning squad is hard to turn down. Could well be on his way in the coming weeks if Cech does go.
Expected Price - £5-10 million
3. Paul Pogba
Bigger clubs than Chelsea have their eye on the talented French youngster after an eye-opening 2014/15 campaign with Juventus. If Mourinho can pay the reported £60m+ pricetag, he'll have to fend off Real Madrid and Barcelona as well because young Pogba is a wanted man. Would be a brilliant signing and one for well into the future as well, with his long shots being a particular feature, and an XI with Costa, Hazard, Fabregas and Pogba would be simply devastating to watch.
Expected Price - £50-70 million
Pogba is attracting the ire of multiple clubs
2. Gonzalo Higuain
The ex-Real striker has continued his form at Napoli, becoming one of Europe's top strikers and with the decline of Falcao he has a genuine claim to being one of the top 4 in the world, along with Suarez, Aguero and Lewandowski. He could add a wealth of experience to the Chelsea squad, including 3 La Liga titles and a World Cup final, and would form a lethal striker partnership with the more creative Diego Costa. Higuain would cost big bucks but could be worth it with the 20+ goals he'd bring.
Expected Price - £40-50 million
1. John Stones
The number one player Chelsea need to sign is John Stones, Everton centre back. He has proven himself to be a fantastic prospect, capable of performing in the Premier League now, and Chelsea fans everywhere are calling for his signature. A level-headed, 6 foot 2 inch, homegrown centre back. Sound familiar? One of Stones' only potential pitfalls will be the shoes he will need to fill, the biggest shoes of all - John Terry's - but he is a player with a lot of potential, and if anyone can go on to become the next great defender at Stamford Bridge, it's John Stones.
Expected Price - £25-35 million
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