After news broke that Chelsea are set to hand manager Antonio Conte a new contract to keep him at Stamford Bridge this summer, the Mirror claim that he will be handed a £150 million transfer budget to help him to sign Alexis Sanchez, Virgil Van Dijk and Romelu Lukaku.
Chelsea have been linked with all three proven Premier League stars, but Sanchez could be the most difficult to bring to west London with Arsenal unlikely to be keen to part with the Chilean. That said, the striker could be interested in the opportunity to aim for titles whilst remaining in the capital.
An alternative target could be Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte, say ESPN. Also linked with Manchester City, the 22-year-old signed a new contract last summer which raised his release clause to £55 million in an agreement which will run until 2020, with his release clause increasing each season.
The very highly rated Frenchman would bring some much needed youth to the Chelsea defence with John Terry set to depart and Gary Cahill not getting any younger, and there are few players rated more highly than Laporte on the market. Given his status, he is bound to be subject to speculation again this summer.
One of the Blues’ key players this season came in an unexpected way as Victor Moses established himself as a key figure in the side’s starting eleven, and he has now told the Guardian that his change of position came as a complete surprise to him as much as anyone, saying:
“He didn’t say to me: ‘Do you fancy playing wing-back?’ He just put me in there. After that he just kept on encouraging me and went through it with me, what the position was all about, mostly in training. And constantly he was talking to me in training to make sure I was improving in it, talking me through it. I took that in and I didn’t look back…
“To be honest, I just wanted to play football. It was at Hull that it all started. I really enjoyed it and I took everything in. I kept watching the video of myself after the Hull game, to make sure I was in the right place, and after that I took it in and kept on improving.”
The Nigerian international rescued his Chelsea career with the switch, with many expecting him to be sold after disappointing loan spells at the likes of Liverpool and West Ham, but has since signed a new contract and looks set to feature as a key player again next season.
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