Chelsea's Possible Transfer Targets: A Zonal Study

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 30:  Antonio Conte of Chelsea celebrates with the fans after victory in the Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on April 30, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

​On the brink of winning the league title, Antonio Conte and his men must feel proud of how their season has gone. Showing composure and swagger whenever needed, Chelsea have successfully turned their fortunes after a torrid last season, which saw Jose Mourinho getting the sack and Chelsea failing to qualify for European football.


Conte has revitalised the likes of Hazard, Moses and Pedro and built a team brimming with energy and spirit. While the title is now Chelsea's to lose, Conte will be out to rebuild his squad in the summer transfer window, to look to retain the winning mentality.


Here's a zonal analysis into Chelsea's possible summer transfer recruits

1. Goalkeeper

​Chelsea do not have much of an issue here, as Thibaut Courtois has had a fantastic season in goal, and Antonio Conte is unlikely to search for another first team keeper. He could be moving for another back-up keeper, however. 


Asmir Begovic, who moved from Stoke two seasons ago, is likely to leave at the end of this season in search of more regular first team football, and Bournemouth is a possible destination for the Bosnian. Recently promoted Brighton and Hove Albion's keeper David Stockdale, who's contract expires this summer, is being touted as a long term replacement for Begovic and Courtois.

2. Defence

​Antonio Conte is reportedly keen to sign a new first-team quality left back when the transfer window opens, and Celtic's Kieran Tierney is the latest name to be linked with the Blues. The 19-year-old has impressed under Brendan Rodgers this seson, and a number of Premier League clubs are supposedly interested to sign him. 


Former Blues left back Ryan Bertrand, currently at Southampton. is also a possible summer target for the Blues. Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy is also a possible signing. Chelsea will also be out in the summer for a new centre back, with Terry leaving the club at the end of this season. Southampton centre back Van Dijk is reportedly keen on a move to Stamford Bridge,reports Telegraph.

3. Midfield

​With Cesc Fabregas likely to leave Chelsea this summer, Conte will be out for a new central midfielder in the summer, and Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko is one supposedly a major target for the Blues. The Frenchman, who has had a superb season in the principality, is reportedly a target for many clubs this summer, but Chelsea lead the pile. 


Another midfielder who might move to the Bridge this summer is Isco, who might leave Real Madrid this summer in search of more regular first team football. Liverpool are also in the race to sign the former Malaga midfielder.

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4. Attack

​Diego Costa is expected to make his big money move to Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian in the summer, having spent three years in London. Costa's departure will force Conte to look for a new striker, and Alvaro Morata is the man who is being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.


The Real Madrid striker is reportedly frustrated by his lack of game time under Zinedine Zidane this season, and he is keen to reunite with his former Juventus boss in the summer. Kylian Mbappe, the Monaco starlet is another name on Chelsea's wishlist, while Alexis Sanchez, who could move out of Arsenal this summer, is also a target.

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