Chelsea: 5 players the next manager should sign

The Blues must rebuild if they harbour any hopes of making it back into the Champions League.


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It will be a summer of change at Chelsea, irrespective of who the manager is come August, with the Blues missing out on Champions League football in their disastrous defence of the Premier League title.

The defence of their title was so poor, in fact, the manner of their collapse so feeble, that a drastic shake-up of the playing staff is needed.

With that in mind, here are five players that could join the club in the coming weeks.

  1. 1 Mauro Icardi

    Current club: Inter Milan

    Position: ST

    Transfermarkt value: £85.5 million

    Mauro Icardi's exclusion from the Argentina World Cup squad should not detract from another scintillating year with Inter.

    The 25-year-old rattled to another goal-laden season at the San Siro, netting 29 goals in Serie A- in a team that has fallen far from its Jose Mourinho heyday.

    Icardi's goal scoring record is something to marvel at, scoring 100 goals in 159 outings for Inter. Not even the likes of Luis Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Samuel Eto'o could match this feat.

    Icardi would provide an instant upgrade on the misfiring Alvaro Morata, whilst also giving Olivier Giroud some much-needed competition.

  2. 2 Kalidou Koulibaly

    Current club: Napoli

    Position: CB

    Transfermarkt value: £54 million

    If the Senegalese centre back performs half as-well for his country as he has for Napoli this year, the West Africans might be on course for their best-ever finish at the World Cup in Russia.

    Koulibaly is dominant physically, a colossus either in the air or on the ground. 

    He is stronger than Andreas Christensen, taller than Cesar Azpilicueta and younger than Gary Cahill.

    Koulibaly won 58 aerial duels, an impressive display of strength, whilst completing 40 tackles, as well as maintaining a passing accuracy of 91%.

    What's more, having graduated from Maurizio Sarri's footballing school, he is technically cute too and would likely favour a reunion with his former manager if he were to join the Blues over the summer.

  3. 3 Jean Michael Seri

    Current club: Nice

    Position: CM

    Transfermarkt value: £27 million

    Cesc Fabregas might have the biggest brain in football, but he also has a pair of the weakest legs.

    The Spaniard can barely make it through a Premier League game, whilst Danny Drinkwater offers little competition as his replacement of the bench. Ross Barkley, moreover, has failed to find form and fitness since arriving in January.

    Step forward Jean-Michael Seri.

    The Ivorian midfielder almost joined Barcelona last Summer, such was the brilliance of his form with Lucien Favre's Nice.

    He has been impressive yet again in Ligue 1 -creating 58 chances, assisting five goals and accurate 91% of the time when passing- and is ready to star at a higher level.

  4. 4 Clement Lenglet

    Current club: Sevilla

    Position: CB

    Transfermarkt value: £22.5 million

    Sevilla might have endured a difficult season, but don't blame it on silky French defender Clement Lenglet. 

    The 20-year-old moved to Andalucia last year, proving himself to be an impressive juxtaposition of grace and tenacity.

    Lenglet was successful in 84% of his passes, but impressively completed more tackles (48) and aerial duels (58) than both Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger.

    Chelsea's faltering backline could do with an injection of both, given Gary Cahill's imminent decline.

  5. 5 Alessandro Florenzi

    Current club: Roma

    Position: RB

    Transfermarkt value: £27 million

    The Italian hasn't had the best 12 months, struggling even as his Roma teammates marauded to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

    Nonetheless, Florenzi still managed to create more chances (41) than Victor Moses and Davide Zappacosta, Chelsea's current right backs, as well as making more interceptions (42) and four fewer tackles than Moses (29).

    On form, however, his stamina and versatility make him a kind of elite-level Gary Doherty, a welcome addition to a side whose squad looked thin on occasions last year.

    The Roman native might be a hard sell, but Chelsea should pull out all the stops if they wish to avoid the headlines and negativity of last year.

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    1. Clement Lenglet
    2. Jean Michael Seri
    3. Mauro Icardi
    4. Kalidou Koulibaly
    5. Alessandro Florenzi
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Chris Weir

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Chris is a Senior Writer for These Football Times and has appeared on The Guardian and TalkSPORT.

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